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Crime: Internet

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance is given to the judiciary on the gravity of instances of online child abuse. (288880)

In April 2007, the independent Sentencing Guidelines Council published a definitive guideline on the Sexual Offences Act 2003. This includes guidance to the judiciary on the offences of child prostitution, child pornography and ‘Grooming'.

This and all other published guidelines can be viewed at

www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk