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Offences Against Children

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police cautions were given for the (a) possession of and (b) creation of pornographic images of children in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (282745)

[holding answer 29 June 2009]: Information provided by the Ministry of Justice showing the number of offenders cautioned for the possession, taking, distributing or publishing of indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children in England and Wales, from 1998 to 2007 can be viewed in the following table.

Number of offenders cautioned1 for possessing, taking, distributing or publishing indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of children, in England and Wales, 1998 to 20072, 3

Offence

Statute

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Possession of an indecent photograph or pseudo- photograph3

Criminal Justice Act 1988 Sec. 160 as amended by the criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000, and Criminal Justice Act 1988 Sec 160 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Secs.84(4) and 86(1)

19

34

25

32

53

205

162

151

147

142

Take, permit to be taken, or to make distribute or publish indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children

Protection of Children Act 1978 Section 1 as amended by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Sec 84 and Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 S.41(1).

26

31

35

38

63

239

201

195

168

185

1 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

2 The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

3 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Evidence & Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform