On 15 August the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) published non-statutory guidance on managing incidents of sexting by under-18s. The guidance indicates that although sharing sexual images of themselves is illegal and risky, it is often the result of curiosity and exploration.
Outcome 21 states: “Further investigation, resulting from the crime report, which could provide evidence sufficient to support formal action being taken against the suspect is not in the public interest. This is a police decision.”
This allows the police discretion to take no further action if it is not in the public interest, even though there is enough evidence to prosecute. Using this outcome code is likely to mean the offence would not appear on a future enhanced DBS check, although not impossible, as that disclosure is a risk-based decision.
For more information, please read the full article from the Youth Justice Legal Centre.