SIMON BAILEY IS AN ARSEHOLE

Paedophiles who look at child porn but don’t abuse victims should be treated by the NHS not punished in court, says Britain’s top child protection officer

  • Chief constable Simon Bailey has suggested alternative to punishment 
  • Claims at least half of those looking at images pose no threat to children
  • He says mental health services should work with those offenders instead
  • NSPCC say people who view child abuse images are a threat to children
  • Police have database of 50,000 people who have viewed child sex images

Chief constable Simon Bailey (pictured) said paedophiles who view child sex images but do not abuse children should be treated by health professionals rather than the courts and prisons
Britain’s most senior child protection police chief has said people who view child sex images online but are not likely abuse should be treated by health services rather than brought before a court.
Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead officer on child protection and abuse investigations, said research suggests at least 50 per cent of people viewing child abuse images could be classified as ‘non-contact abusers’.
Mr Bailey said his approach was based on ‘realism’ but admitted it could be considered  ‘a very unpalatable response from a senior police officer’.
He said: ‘What academic research would say is between 16 per cent and 50 per cent of those people who have viewed indecent images of children are then likely to be ‘contact abusers”. 
He added that clearly this group poses a threat. 
But he also said those not considered a threat did not ‘need to come into the criminal justice system in terms of being put before a court’.
He said: ‘We have to think about an alternative solution. We need to engage with service providers from mental health and the health service to work with us to say these people need help.
‘It is based upon the fact there will be a significant number of those people who will simply not go on to contact abuse.’
Mr Bailey made the comments during an interview with Randeep Ramesh for the Guardian. 
The paper also reported police in the UK are believed to have a database of 50,000 people who regularly view child sex images.
Mr Bailey’s comments come just days after doctor Myles Bradbury was jailed for 22 years for abusing 18 sick boys in his care, including possessing 16,000 indecent images.
His case is among those which has attracted criticism after Canadian police passed details of suspected paedophiles to UK forces as part of Operation Spade.
But in many of the cases, there were long delays in officers acting on the tip-offs.
Figures obtained by the Press Association last month showed more than 200 suspects are still being investigated after the information was first passed to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in July 2012.
Children’s charities said that anyone who views child porn should be considered a risk to children, and just by watching it they are furthering the trade in physical abuse.
Jonathan Bird, operations manager for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood said: ‘There is this notion that these images are a victimless crime – they are not.
‘There were images taken of me when I was young and I can tell you – it is not a victimless crime.
‘It is important to remember that the creation of the inappropriate images of children requires a child to be photographed or filmed so there is always a victim. 
‘Accessing these images, even if not paid for, encourages demand for more images to be created.
‘Although it may be true that as a snapshot at a point in time only 50 per cent of people who view the images are involved in contact abuse we believe that viewing such images can lead to an escalation in the viewers’ desire for more extreme images and then some may later develop into contact abusers.
‘There are already excellent services for people at risk of developing these interests such as www.stopitnow.org.uk.
‘We know many police forces are swamped with allegations of child abuse, both recent and non-recent. 
‘So we understand that there should be a priority to focus on the most dangerous cases of contact abuse. 
‘But we do not accept that viewing abuse images of children should be seen as anything other than a crime, even if there are clearly mental health issues associated. 
‘However, we do accept that they need psychiatric help and support to abstain.’
 
Peter Saunders, the chief executive of NAPAC, said: ‘I often wish I had more money – I work for a charity – not big salaries.
‘So I pay someone else to rob a bank – and give me the money. Have I done wrong? I think so.
‘People who pay others to rape and torture children are as guilty as the abusers.
‘We have no issue with people who come forward saying they fear they will hurt a child getting support to prevent that happening – absolutely. That’s important too.’  
Jon Brown, NSPCC lead for tackling sexual abuse, said: ‘Anyone who views child abuse images should be considered a threat to children and must be evaluated and assessed on that basis. 
‘It may be that not everyone who views these images will go on to abuse a child but they must understand their urges are unacceptable. 
‘By viewing them they are part of a terrible trade which thrives on children – even babies – being sexually assaulted.
‘Therapy and support for victims of abuse must take priority but there should also be help for those who want to change their behaviour and stop viewing such appalling material. 
‘This is a public health issue and anyone who recognises they have a problem should be supported in getting treatment to contain and reduce their risk to children.’ 
Mr Bailey’s comments also come just weeks after a self-confessed paedophile outed himself on TV in a controversial Channel Four documentary last month, admitting he was attracted to young girls but denying he had ever committed an offence.
The comments come just weeks after a self-confessed 'virtuous paedophile' known only as Eddie (pictured) outed himself in a controversial Channel Four documentary called The Paedophile Next Door

The comments come just weeks after a self-confessed ‘virtuous paedophile’ known only as Eddie (pictured) outed himself in a controversial Channel Four documentary called The Paedophile Next Door
He said he was seeking help in Europe, where countries such as Germany have dedicated treatment centres, while experts called for the UK to adopt a similar approach.
The programme looked at so-called ‘virtuous paedophiles’ and suggests radical changes are needed to child protection that include treatment and therapy for those who come forward despite never having committed any sex offences 
The broadcaster was criticised by victim support campaigners for giving airtime to the 39-year-old man, named Eddie, and encouraging him to discuss his urges.
Peter Saunders, chief executive of The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) said: ‘This documentary shines the light in the wrong areas.
‘Instead of feeling sorry for poor misunderstood paedophiles, we should be looking at the awful experiences of those who have been abused.’
However, other charities, including the NSPCC praised the programme for shining a light on the need to treat paedophiles before they abuse children or view under-age pornography. 
In The Paedophile Next Door, a series of experts argue that men like Eddie – who claims he has never offended and who has no criminal record – should not be treated like ‘evil monsters’. 
Simon Bailey is chief constable of Norfolk Police (pictured) and the UK's lead officer on child protection

Simon Bailey is chief constable of Norfolk Police (pictured) and the UK’s lead officer on child protection

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