Pathways and Prevention for Indecent Images of Children Offending: A Qualitative Study


  • Alexandra Bailey
  • Lucy Allen
  • Eleanor Stevens
  • Rebekah Dervley
  • Donald Findlater
  • Sarah Wefers


The access of indecent images of children (IIOC) is an increasing societal problem; no longer resolvable by law enforcement alone. This research aimed to explore the views of individuals who accessed IIOC, regarding their offending pathways and what they believed could have prevented their offending or encouraged desistance. The qualitative analysis highlights a lack of deterrents for online offending, and the importance of education around legality, consequences, accountability and access to confidential help to prevent online offending. Recommendations regarding IIOC prevention strategies are considered in light of the findings.