child sexual grooming

(You are encouraged to read at least two of the following reading suggestions.)

Craven, Samantha, Brown, Sarah and Gilchrist, Elizabeth 2006. ‘Sexual Grooming of Children: Review of Literature and Theoretical Considerations’, Journal of Sexual Aggression 12(3): 287-99.

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Gillespie, Alisdair A. 2006. ‘Indecent Images, Grooming and the Law’, Criminal Law Review 412-21.

McAlinden, Anne-Marie 2013. Grooming’ and the Sexual Abuse of Children (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Library electronic copy available.

McAlinden, Anne-Marie 2006. ‘“Setting ‘Em Up”: Personal, Familial and Institutional Grooming in the Sexual Abuse of Children’, Social and Legal Studies 15(3): 339-62.

Ost, Suzanne 2009. Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses. Cambridge University Press, chapters 3 and 4. Library electronic copy available.

Robinson, Paul H. and Darley, John M. 2004. ‘Does Criminal Law Deter? A Behavioural Science Investigation’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 24: 173-205.

Wider reading:

Quayle, Ethel, Erooga, Marcus, Wright, Louise, Taylor, Max and Harbinson, Dawn 2006. Only Pictures? Therapeutic Work with Internet Sex Offenders. Dorset: Russell House Publishing.

J Mooney and S Ost, ‘Group Localised Grooming: What is it and What Challenges does it pose for Law and Society?’ (2013) 25(4) Child and Family Law Quarterly, 425-450.


 Outline what you believe to be the strongest justificatory reasons for the existence of the criminal offence of possessing child pornography.

Has there been a ‘moral panic’ about child pornography and images of naked children?

Is the offence relating to the possession of non-photographic, pornographic images of children (NPPIC) defensible?

Outline what you believe to be the strongest justificatory reasons for the offence related to child sexual grooming.

Is the offence related to grooming likely to deter would-be child sex abusers?

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