'Sexting' Guidance

'Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people' has been produced by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). 

Key issues covered

This guidance covers all key areas related to incidents of youth produced sexual imagery, including:

  • Responding to disclosures
  • Handling devices and imagery
  • Risk assessing situations
  • Involving other agencies, including escalation to the police and children's social care
  • Recording incidents
  • Involving parents and carers
  • Preventative education

To coincide with the UKCCIS guidance, The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has also worked with the college of policing to produce new operational advice for law enforcement relating to the investigation of youth produced sexual imagery offences. This will help enable local police services to develop a coordinated, effective, proportionate response in this area with safeguarding at its heart.

Target audience

This guidance is for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, headteachers and senior leadership teams in schools and educational establishments in England. However, this document is useful reading for any professional who may come across incidents of youth produced sexual imagery.

Learning objectives

The guidance aims to take a 'common sense' attitude to dealing with youth produced sexual imagery, and offers advice within the context of a school's own child protection policy.

Supporting activities

In addition to the useful advice and information 'Sexting in schools and colleges' includes, activities and practical case studies (in Annexes A-G) are available to help professionals prepare for and deal with incidents of youth produced sexual imagery with confidence.