Sexual Offences Act 2003 Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding Between Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) concerning Section 46 Sexual Offences Act 2003
 
We are pleased to publish this Memorandum of Understanding Between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) - now the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) - concerning Section 46 Sexual Offences Act 2003.
 
The Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers have developed this Memorandum of Understanding. Both signatory organisations recognise the need for investigating and prosecuting authorities to work together and to share information and best practice. We acknowledge that those professionally involved in the management, operation or use of electronic communications networks and services need to be re-assured of protection where they are acting to combat the creation and distribution of images of child abuse.
 
This Memorandum of Understanding has been drafted to be in accordance with domestic and European law.
 
We encourage Chief Crown Prosecutors and Chief Officers of Police to adopt this Memorandum.
 
We believe that this Memorandum will encourage better understanding, closer working relationships and greater consistency between those involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. We also believe that its introduction will help ensure the signatory organisations work in partnership for the benefit and protection of children to improve public confidence in the criminal justice system.
 
The aim of this memorandum is to help clarify the position of those professionally involved in the management, operation or use of electronic communications networks and services who may face jeopardy for criminal offences so that they will be re-assured of protection where they are acting to combat the creation and distribution of images of child abuse. This memorandum has been created within the context of child protection, which will always take primacy.

This MOU has been updated to reflect the IWF’s work to proactively seek out child sexual abuse images, which began on 1 April, 2014.

The Memorandum of Understanding can be downloaded here (PDF 95KB).

 
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