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A senior British policeman has said that many of the people viewing indecent images of children should not go to court.

Published December 5, 2014 by JS2

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A senior British policeman has said that many of the people viewing indecent images of children should not go to court.

MOSCOW, December 5 (Sputnik) – A senior British police officer has said that as many as half of people who watch child pornography need medical help rather than a criminal investigation because they don’t present a risk to children.

“Between 16% and 50% of those people who have viewed indecent images of children are then likely to be ‘contact abusers’ [of children],” Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk police and child protection and abuse lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (Acpo), told the Guardian in an interview. However, so called “non-contact abusers,” the policeman told the paper, do not “need to come into the criminal justice system in terms of being put forward before a court.”

Instead, the policeman believes that many of those viewing child sex images should receive treatment: “We have to think about an alternative solution. [We] need to engage with service providers from mental health and the health service to work with us to say these people need help.”

However, his remarks met with criticism from campaigners. Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), told the Press Association, “People who pay others to rape and torture children are as guilty as the abusers,” but agreed that help should be provided in order to prevent abuse. “We have no issue with people who come forward saying they fear they will hurt a child getting support to prevent that happening — absolutely. That’s important too.”

Bailey admitted that his remarks could be construed as “a very unpalatable response from a senior police officer,” but said that the new approach was “based on realism.” He said such thinking is behind a new strategy put into place by police forces and the National Crime Agency to tackle child sex crime, a reversal of the previous policy which assumed that anyone viewing indecent images posed a threat to children.

Police chief’s message to young victims after child sexual exploitation conference in Norwich

Published November 8, 2014 by JS2

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Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey

Norfolk’s chief constable has urged victims of child sexual exploitation to have the confidence to contact police and help “bring that abuse to an end”.

Simon Bailey, the national policing lead for child sexual exploitation, was speaking at a child sexual exploitation conference held in the city yesterday.

The conference, organised by the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board, was held at the Mercure Hotel, Boundary Road, Norwich between 9am and 4pm.

The conference featured a performance of the drama 
production Chelsea’s Choice – a hard-hitting dramatisation which 
is being taken around high schools in the county to highlight the 
problem of child sexual exploitation.

Members of the Norwich-based Magdalene Group also attended the conference to discuss the Rose Project which reaches out to sexually exploited children.