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4.18 Child Abuse Images and the Internet


1.1 The internet provides the opportunity for adults to access and distribute indecent images of children and share stories about their fantasies with other like-minded individuals. It can also be used to make contact with children with a view to grooming them for inappropriate or abusive relationships.
1.2 If there are concerns a child may be vulnerable through internet use there can be no ambiguity in dealing with this. A referral must be made to Social Services, who will immediately inform the relevant Police team – see Referral to Social Services Procedure.
1.3 If you are aware that someone has placed child abuse images on the internet, or is accessing child abuse images, the police child abuse investigation unit must be informed.

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