What is the law concerning indecent images of children?

It is illegal to have, make or distribute indecent images or videos of children. These are serious criminal offences and punishable by significant prison sentences.

The Gov.UK site sets out the legal position in relation to these offences and what the different terminology means.

Child Internet Exploitation Team

Our Child Internet Exploitation Team (CIET) conducts investigations into people using the internet to download indecent images of children and anything associated with the exploitation of children. It is not uncommon for this type of investigation to expose suspects who are also engaged in sexual activity with children in the online or real world.

How to report indecent images of children:

  • If you think someone has, is making or is distributing indecent images, please contact us on 101
  • You may encounter indecent images of children online or be sent them by email. If this happens contact us on 101 straight away - do not print, email or share the images
  • If you believe a child is in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

You can also report via:

CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection)


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