Tag: Sexual offences

August 31 2016

New sexting guidance for schools

Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people, UK Council for Child Internet Safety Non-statutory guidance on managing incidents of sexting by children. The guidance states that the response should be guided by the principle of proportionality and the primary concern at all times should be the welfare and protection of the children involved.

March 2 2015

Social immaturity relevant to culpability

R v Marcus Petrie [2014] EWCA Crim 2912 Successful appeal against sentence and Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed on a 19 year old who had pleaded guilty to causing a 13 year old child to engage in sexual activity and sexual activity with a child. The sentence was reduced on the grounds that the starting point for the original sentence had been too high because the appellant’s social immaturity affected his culpability and there were concerns about his vulnerability.