The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) have updated its non-statutory guidance on Youth Produced Sexual Imagery (YPSI), which is entitled ‘Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people’ and replaces ‘Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people’ (2016). 

The guidance has been released in England and Wales and has been developed alongside the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

Although this non-statutory guidance is not designed for your region or setting, we understand that the principles outlined and updated are likely to inform best practice in cases of nude or semi-nude related incidents. This comes at a time when other regional legislators are reviewing practices and responses to online harms.

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What are the Main Changes? 

Section 1: Background and Context

  • The definition of ‘sexting’ has been replaced with a definition of ‘sharing nudes and semi-nudes’

  • A typology of ‘sexting’ (Finkelhor and Wolak, 2011) has been added to distinguish between experimental image sharing vs aggravated image sharing

  • There is a new section that explains the motivations and behaviours that influence the sharing of ‘nudes and semi-nudes’ – specifically that they are not always sexually or criminally motivated

  • Guidance has been added on how to respond to incidents including when and how to refer incidents to the police

  • Law on non-consensual image sharing has also been added

Section 2: Background and context

  • New guidance on supporting young people, parents and carers with incidents
  • Guidance on recording incidents has been updated

  • New guidance on the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Childline’s Report Remove Tool 

  • Guidance and best practice examples/case studies have been added

Section 3: Educating Children and Young People

  • Guidance on challenging barriers to reporting and victim-blaming

  • Guidance on best practice in delivering safe and effective education and working with external visitors (educators)

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