Outcome 21 Guidance
The College of Policing has provided advice to Police forces on how to respond to cases of under 18s producing and sharing indecent imagery of themselves. The guidance helps Police forces to respond to cases in a proportinate way, balanced to the circumstances of each individual case with the immediate focus always being on safeguarding children.
Offences involving self-generated images or images obtained with consent by other children will still be recorded but may be dealt with differently. Forces may consider that suitably experienced first responders, safer school officers or neighbourhood teams can provide an appropriate response that avoids stigmatising or criminalising children.
This briefing note has been developed in parallel with new UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) advice for schools in England. Education services have been given guidance on when best to engage with the police on this issue to encourage a more joined up and practical response to benefit the children involved.
You can read the guidance here.
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has produced new practical guidance 'Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people' to support education settings in developing procedures to respond confidently and effectively to sexting incidents. The guidance has been designed for use by safeguarding leads, headteachers and senior leadership teams in schools and colleges in England.