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Indecent images of children


Bedfordshire Police has a dedicated team to tackle people who use the internet to seek to sexually abuse children, as well as those involved in the distribution and possession of indecent images of children.


Viewing sexual images of anyone under the age of 18 is a crime and we will prosecute those who commit this offence.


The consequences for this type of offence are severe and can include a custodial prison sentence and being placed on the Sex Offenders Register. Being caught viewing indecent images of children may also affect your relationship, your access to children, and your job.


The children in the pictures are real children, who suffer real harm, both in being made to create the image and in knowing that their image is being looked at repeatedly across the web. This is child abuse, and it will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire.


What are indecent images of children?


‘Indecent images of children’ is the legal term for a sexual image of anyone aged under 18.


This includes:

  • Nude or partially clothed children
  • Children sexually posing
  • Self-generated sexual images by children (selfies)
  • Images depicting children engaging in sexual activity


Stop it Now!


We’ve partnered with The Lucy Faithfull Foundation to help people who are troubled by their thoughts and feelings to children and young people, and to ensure they get the help they need before they act on their feelings and commit child sexual abuse.


The Stop it Now! Get help website contains resources for people who want to stop their inappropriate thoughts. You can also call them confidentially on 0808 1000 9000.


The Marie Collins Foundation is also running campaign aimed at educating people about the consequences of viewing indecent images, in order to help protect children. Visit their website to find out more.



Concerned about someone you know?


Are you worried about a friend, family member, or partner’s use of the Internet? If you’re worried that someone you know may be having sexual thoughts about children, viewing indecent images, or carrying out child sexual abuse, then we’d urge you to take action.


We all have a responsibility to help stop child sex abuse.


Visit the Stop it Now! Get help website where there is information and support for concerned family and friends.


I’m concerned my child may have been abused


If you suspect your child has been abused, it's important you report it. You can call police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) and there are also a variety of organisations who you can contact, both to make a report and also for help and support.


Parents Protect


The Parents Protect website is part of the Stop it Now! campaign. It is an information and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, answer questions and give adults the information, advice, support and facts, they need to help protect children.


Think U Know


This website is run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command and provides advice for parents on how to keep children of various ages safe online, as well as allowing you to report abuse online.




If you're concerned about a child, you can contact the NSPCC by calling 0808 800 5000. Their website also contains lots of useful information and advice, including how to spot the signs of abuse and what you can to help prevent abuse.