Pathways and Prevention for Indecent Images of Children Offending: A Qualitative Study

Bailey, Alexandra; Allen, Lucy; Stevens, Eleanor; Dervley, Rebekah; Findlater, Donald and Wefers, Sarah. 2022. Pathways and Prevention for Indecent Images of Children Offending: A Qualitative Study. Sexual Offending: Theory, Research, and Prevention, 17, e6657. ISSN 2699-8440 [Article]

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The access of indecent images of children (IIOC) is an increasing societal problem; no longer resolvable by law enforcement alone. This research aimed to explore the views of individuals who accessed IIOC, regarding their offending pathways and what they believed could have prevented their offending or encouraged desistance. The qualitative analysis highlights a lack of deterrents for online offending, and the importance of education around legality, consequences, accountability and access to confidential help to prevent online offending. Recommendations regarding IIOC prevention strategies are considered in light of the findings.

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Data Availability: The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author, AB, upon reasonable request


Internet, Indecent Images of Children, prevention, pathways, deterrence, sexual offending

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Psychology > Forensic Psychology Unit


30 August 2022Accepted
2 December 2022Published

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30 Jan 2023 13:43

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30 Jan 2023 13:43

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