Men who view paedophile images online should have access to treatment

Written by
Alan Mairs
More paedophiles should be treated; not jailed

Speaking in today’s Times, Sacro Chief Executive, Tom Halpin advocates more access to support for men caught viewing images of child sex abuse online.

In line with recent comments from specialists in England, Mr Halpin says more must be done to identify, challenge and offer treatment to those who view online child abuse but have not yet approached a child, in order to allow better targeting of resources on those more dangerous abusers who pose a direct and significant threat to children.

“The number of men viewing sexually explicit images of children is now so significant that it has created a new social problem. It is a phenomenon of the digital age.”

He also believes that with almost 2,000 individuals being investigated by Police Scotland since April 2013, it is is time to look at a more feasible approach to intervention.

Sacro is developing new programmes to actively challenge and support desistance among those who access harmful and inappropriate material online. He fears the current system is unable to provide many men with access to such behaviour change programmes while recognising valuable resources need to be focussed on those who present a real and direct threat to children’s safety.

You can read the complete article on the Times website