Paedophile Hunters: Implications for Police Courts and Probation

Published 12/07/2021
Type Article
Author(s) Laura Frampton
Corresponding Authors

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) position on paedophile hunting groups is that their motivation should be questioned since there is no positive advantage to policing. Such activism increases risk to potential victims, the suspect, and to the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice processes (NPCC, 2018). Whilst public naming and shaming of those convicted of sexual offences against children is not a new phenomenon, the rise in popularity of the internet and the surge in content available online is. Increased accessibility to information made available by paedophile hunters has implications on all aspects of the criminal justice system including policing, courts and probation. Through an examination of the existing literature, this paper outlines how paedophile hunting activity has become a concept in the management of sexual offending in England and Wales.