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Get the facts - UK law

Individuals cannot be arrested for having sexual thoughts about children. There are no laws which exist that relate to a person’s thinking. However individuals can be arrested if they act upon their thoughts and this leads to a child being sexually abused.

This section is aimed at providing information regarding the law as it relates to child sexual abuse and what the consequences might be for anyone who sexually harms a child.

You need to ensure that you understand the law, so that you know what is right and wrong (even if you believe otherwise) and that you understand that being caught by the police will come with many consequences for you and other people.

Given the amount of information that relates to this issue it is not possible to reproduce the law in its entirety, but key points to consider have been outlined and links to further information included.


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