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"But I was only looking ...." - Managing situations where adults are accessing, exchanging, collecting and/or producing child pornography

Updated: 22 September 2013

What's Important To Us

Child pornography is a crime and something that the vast majority of the population stay far away from. There are some adults, however, for whom child pornography is an interest and there may be times when this activity is brought to our attention, either through a report of concern or while we are in the process of working with a family/whānau. Child pornography is child abuse and is never acceptable. It presents a risk to children and young people who live with or have some form of contact with the adult. Therefore, it is important that we undertake a thorough assessment of the situation and, at the same time, pay close attention and respond appropriately to those children and young people who are believed to be at risk.

Child pornography is morally and ethically wrong, and serious child protection concerns exist whenever an adult actively engages in this criminal activity.

This key information will help you understand some of the issues involved when adults are accessing, exchanging, collecting and producing child pornography, and outlines useful research and contacts to support you in assessing risk and moving forward with the family/whānau.