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    Rights statement: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The version of record Ethel Quayle, Nikolaos Koukopoulos; Deterrence of online child sexual abuse and exploitation, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, , pay028, https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay028 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/policing/advance-article/doi/10.1093/police/pay028/4976527

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-362
Number of pages18
Issue number3
Early online date18 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2019


‘Cyberspace’ has added a dimension to the ecology of the child and should be a starting point for practitioners (including police) to think about digital media in the context of child sexual abuse. While there is no evidence to suggest that online abuse and exploitation is a more serious offence than crimes occurring offline, the behaviours enabled by social media may present a significant risk factor for some children. This paper gives a brief overview of the phenomena and prevalence of online child sexual abuse and exploitation and the role that the Internet may play. This is considered in relation to deterrence, prevention and management of these crimes, and further develops a public health approach to online child abuse and exploitation. Finally, the paper critically considers emerging evidence to support this interaction between the individual and the online environment.

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