Indecent Images of Children Campaign

Apr 2018

Indecent Images of Children Campaign


West Yorkshire Police is for the first time publically reaching out to people who look at indecent images of children online and warning them they will be caught if they don’t take action now to stop their illegal activities.

The new campaign is the first of its kind in West Yorkshire specifically targeting adults involved in the viewing of indecent images of under 18-year-olds online.

West Yorkshire Police is encouraging anyone with concerns about their online habits to seek help now. There is support available from a number of charities and not for profit organisations, including the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and the NSPCC.

The campaign is being supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “Tackling child sexual abuse and safeguarding young people is an absolute priority. West Yorkshire Police and our partners are doing a huge amount of work to help tackle these issues.

“This campaign, the first of its kind, rightly sends a powerful message warning those accessing and distributing indecent images of children that they will be caught and dealt with appropriately and could face losing everything they hold dear. We want perpetrators and potential perpetrators to know that the consequences of this behaviour, including having to sign the sex offenders register, are very real and would have damaging implications.

“Those accessing illegal images online are committing a serious offence and they will not remain anonymous, and you could lose everything.”

A web chat is taking place from 6pm to 7pm next Wednesday (2 May) with Detective Superintendent Darren Minton, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Safeguarding Central Governance Unit; and Detective Inspector Marc Bowes, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit. They will be on hand to answer questions and give advice to anyone affected by this issue.

You can register beforehand for the web chat and set a reminder for on the day. Anyone getting involved in the web chat can choose to do so anonymously.

For further information and to support the campaign see the West Yorkshire Police website.


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