This module aims to educate you on the following:

  • What the law says about sexual abuse images
  • The Criminal Justice System: from arrest to possible imprisonment
  • Potential consequences to you (and your family)

This section is here to educate you on the facts.

You need to ensure that you understand the law, so that you know what is right and wrong (even if you believe otherwise) and that you understand that being caught by the police will come with many consequences, not just the possibility of going to prison.


So, what is an Indecent Image of a Child? This is a sexual image of a child (anyone under the age of 18). It includes:

  • nude or partially clothed children
  • children sexually posing
  • self-generated images by children (‘selfies’)
  • images depicting children engaging in both penetrative and non-penetrative sexual activity

This definition applies to still images, videos and pseudo-photographs (an image which appears to be a photograph and that may have been created by a computer).

Note: ‘Indecent Images of Children’ is the legal term for these types of images. On this website we refer to them as ‘sexual images of children’. In addition, the term ‘sexual image’ is a collective term which comprises of sexual images, videos and pseudo-photographs of children. 

Can you help improve our website?

It’s really important to us that the resources and information on this website are as effective as possible in helping visitors to manage their behaviour and to stop looking at online sexual images of children. To help us achieve this, we would be very grateful if you could spare some time to fill in our online survey . The survey is hosted by Populus, an independent research company. When completing the survey, you will not need to give any information that will identify you and all responses will be used only to help us improve the advice and support we offer through this website. To complete the survey, please click here. Thank you.




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