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Sexting and criminalising young people.

Sexting and criminalising young people.

Criminalising children and young people for life for “sexting” is an injustice. It is an overreaction to a modern day problem that legislation and the criminal justice system is yet to catch up with. Although some advances have been made when dealing with young people sexting, under the new “no formal action” response (also called Outcome 21), this discretionary guidance is still recorded on police systems and could potentially hang over that young person for the rest of their life.

There are a number of key offences that might be committed by both children involved in a sexting scenario, such as the one below.

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