‘Paedophiles should NOT face criminal charges for looking at child porn’: Britain’s top child protection cop sparks fury after saying they should only be prosecuted if they’re a physical threat to children

‘Paedophiles should NOT face criminal charges for looking at child porn’: Britain’s top child protection cop sparks fury after saying they should only be prosecuted if they’re a physical threat to children

Daily Mail 

​Increase in sexual abuse reports means police have reached saturation point

Lower offending should be de-criminalised, says chief constable Simon Bailey
In 2014 he became the NPCC lead for Child Protection and Investigation
Critics have argued shocking proposals will encourage padeophiles to offend
Paedophiles should not face jail for looking at pornographic images of children unless they are a physical threat to youngsters, says Britain’s most senior child protection officer.
Officers should instead focus on the most dangerous offenders who have access to youngsters or are directing abuse online, said chief constable Simon Bailey.
Taking a stance he acknowledged would horrify many, the grandfather-of-two said lower level offending should be decriminalised and dealt with through counselling and rehabilitation.
Mr Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary and lead on child protection at the National Police Chiefs Council, said an increase in reporting of sexual abuse – including historical cases – has led to the policing system reaching ‘saturation point’.
He added: ‘It has now reached that point where we have to try to turn the tide. We have to look at alternatives.’
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