Viewing child pornography on the Internet
Understanding the offence, managing the offender, helping the victims
Edited by Ethel Quayle and Max Taylor

How can we understand offending and victimisation processes in relation to abuse images and the Internet? This book offers the reader unique and deep insights into innovative ways of thinking about this challenging problem. The chapter authors are amongst the foremost researchers and practitioners in this field.

In an area that often attracts unthinking and uncritical media comment, it is important to develop both empirical knowledge and conceptual understanding of the problems presented by abuse images and the Internet. From different perspectives, the chapters in this book provide the foundations for systematic and critical development of knowledge and understanding, and represent a major step forward in understanding of the problems that face us.

Within the broader context of child sexual exploitation, the chapters effectively address four important areas of concern:
  • the empirical evidence
  • legal and law enforcement provision
  • conceptual and practical understanding of the offending process and the management of offenders
  • victim issues.

  • How are programmes to be developed to address the needs of the offenders?
    Are they the same as other forms of sex offender, or do they justify the development of different therapeutic interventions?
    Are we sufficiently addressing preventative measures, rather than responding to events as they arise?
    How do we reduce and control the quantity of abuse images available, without losing the positive qualities of the Internet?

    These are just some of the questions explored by the expert contributors from a wide range of disciplines; they report on new research that challenges our understanding, both by comparing it to existing knowledge about offending activity and by broadening the debate to consider its relevance to different age groups and different contexts.

    For anyone involved in therapy or management of Internet child pornography offenders and victims, this important book will develop professional knowledge and practice, and extend thinking in new directions.

    Large format paperback. 176 pages. 978-1-903855-69-0. Published 2005. £24.95.


    Suitable for psychologists, social workers and anyone else working in child protection, law enforcement, legal, and probation professions - including Youth Offending Teams - and all people involved in therapy or management of Internet child pornography offenders and victims.


    Ethel Quayle
    is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, and researcher with the COPINE project. She is a clinical psychologist and course coordinator for an MA in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. Her research has as its focus the use of Internet images by people with a sexual interest in children. She has written widely in this area and is co-author of 'Child Pornography: An Internet crime' which was published in 2003.

    Max Taylor is Professor of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, and director of the COPINE project. He is a chartered forensic psychologist and has published widely in the areas of terrorism and criminal activity. He is co-author of the book "Child Pornography: An Internet crime'.


    Tackling child pornography: the approach in England and Wales Alisdair Gillespie
    Combating online child pornography in Australia Tony Krone
    The varieties of child pornography production Janis Wolak, David Finkelhor & Kimberly J. Mitchell
    Compliant child victims: confronting an uncomfortable reality Ken Lanning
    Child testimony & Internet abuse images Tink Palmer
    Identifying victims of child abuse images Gemma Holland
    Understanding sexually abusive youth: new research and clinical directions John Hunter
    What sort of person could do that? Psychological profiles of Internet pornography users David Middleton, Tony Beech & Rebecca Mandeville-Norden
    A relational frame approach to the psychological assessment of sex offenders Bryan Roche, Maria M. Ruiz, Martina O'Riordan & Karen-Anne Hand
    The Internet as a therapeutic medium? Ethel Quayle
    Interpol and crimes against children Hamish McCulloch
    Global issues and regional cooperation fighting child exploitation Lars Loof


    "This is a book with a substantial input of academic and research material. It considers both the victim as well as the offender. It is a book likely to appeal to specialists in child abuse work, as well as Probation Officers, the Police specialising in child abuse and vulnerable children, Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatrists." Police Journal.

    "The editors draw together wide-ranging issues pertinent to the ongoing debate on this modern phenomenon. The lengthy subtitle is no overstatement... it contains much for the reader which will not be prior knowledge… there is an admirable optimism in many chapters… a useful text for those charged with the prevention and detection of abuse which superficially seems so remote and unmanageable. There is a good balance of disciplines represented and the book deserves a wide multiagency readership as a reference text… for those professionals who must bear in mind the possibility of internet abuse of the children we see. And as the book points out, that means us all." Child Abuse Review.