Children’s Services will be involved in your family

  • If you have children under the age of 18 and you are being investigated for offences relating to the access of sexual images of children, Children’s Services will become involved with your family.
  • If you have children over the age of 18, and they have their own children that you have regular access to, and you are being investigated for offences relating to the access of sexual images of children, Children’s Services will become involved with your family.
  • If there are any other children you have access to within your family or your social circles, and you are being investigated for offences relating to the access of sexual images of children, Children’s Services will become involved with your family.

The reason Children’s Services become involved is because they see you as a risk to all children, including your own.  Children’s Services do not know you; all they know is that you have been accessing sexual images of children online. In their eyes, this means you are potentially capable of committing a contact offence against a child. If this is not the case, then it is going to take a long time to prove otherwise.

  • When you are arrested, you will need to provide details of children you have contact with and Children’s Services  will need to assess your risk to these children

Children’s Services may set their own restrictions that you need to comply with. Typically, these include:

  • No unsupervised contact with your children
  • Moving out of the family home, if you currently live with children

If you are convicted, Children’s Services may initiate a ‘Section 47 enquiry’, in order to decide if further involvement in the family is required and what type of action is needed in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of the relevant child/ren.

Children’s Services may ask the parents to undertake some specific work to address risk factors (such as treatment programmes for offenders or protective parenting work for parents). The outcome of Children’s Services assessments will vary depending on individual risks and circumstances.

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