Emma Belton and Vicki Hollis ask if there's a link between young people viewing child sexual abuse images online and contact sexual offending
Studies estimate that around 3-15% of child sexual abuse image offences are committed by young people.
In 2015, nearly half of the cases involved in the NSPCC's Turn the Page harmful sexual behaviour services involved an element of online or image-related harmful sexual behaviour.
Only 4 research studies have looked in detail at young peoples' and adults' viewing of child sexual abuse images online. It's therefore difficult for practitioners to assess what level of risk these young people pose, and whether they may go on to commit a contact sexual offence.
This post is based on these 4 research studies.