Deterrence campaign

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Deterrence campaign

Our online child sexual abuse deterrence campaign aims to prevent people viewing and sharing of sexual images of children online, and engaging in sexual conversations with children online.

The campaign does this by:

  • raising public awareness of the growing problem of people viewing and sharing sexually explicit images of under 18s online, and engaging in sexual conversations with children online.
  • clarifying the law which states that viewing sexual images of anyone under 18 is a serious crime, and the high level of police activity.
  • highlighting the real harm caused to the children.
  • drive home the consequences of their behaviour to offenders – including possible arrest, imprisonment, break up of family and being put on the sex offenders register.
  • directing people who look at such images to confidential and anonymous help to stop.

The campaign has been running since 2015 with the support of the Home Office, police forces and NHS partners, amongst others.

We’ve also partnered with Police Scotland to deliver a deterrence campaign aiming to tackle the online grooming of children.

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