Legal Updates tagged with 'Sexual offences'

New sexting guidance for schools

August 31, 2016

Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people, UK Council for Child Internet Safety

Non-statutory guidance on managing incidents of sexting by children. The guidance states that the response should be guided by the principle of proportionality and the primary concern at all times should be the welfare and protection of the children involved.

Report warns of children being wrongly treated as ‘mini sex offenders’

July 11, 2016

Now I know it was wrong – Parliamentary inquiry into support and sanctions for children who display harmful sexual behaviour, Barnardo’s

The report of the parliamentary inquiry investigating children who display harmful sexual behaviour says that children should be treated as children first and should not be unnecessarily criminalised.

Social immaturity relevant to culpability

March 2, 2015

R v Marcus Petrie [2014] EWCA Crim 2912

Successful appeal against sentence and Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed on a 19 year old who had pleaded guilty to causing a 13 year old child to engage in sexual activity and sexual activity with a child. The sentence was reduced on the grounds that the starting point for the original sentence had been too high because the appellant’s social immaturity affected his culpability and there were concerns about his vulnerability.

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