It is a criminal offence to take, make, distribute (send), upload and/or possess any indecent image of a child under 18 (including those taken / possessed by a child under 18)
All usage of images as detailed above are criminal offences and if deemed as ‘experimental’ then Social Services, Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub and ASA should be notified.
If act is deemed as ‘aggravated’ then it must be reported to the police.
If concern relates to a child aged 13 or above who has voluntarily taken an indecent image of themselves, then shared this, this could be deemed as experimental (especially for teenagers in a relationship):
This term may be applied to any other situation not detailed above, such as incidents with adult involvement, abuse or criminal behaviour by under 18’s such as sexual abuse, extortion or threats.
Also, includes the creation, showing or sharing of images without the knowledge or against the will of the young individual involved.
Aggravating factors to be considered:
Action To Take
Matter to be referred to Police, Social Services, MASH Team and ASA Safeguarding Team
If Incident just happened
Retain and secure device and follow reporting procedure
Never view or show image to another
Ideally always two adults present