Policy paper

Serious Crime Bill: Protection of children and miscellaneous

These documents form the 'protection of children and miscellaneous' section of the Serious Crime Bill.

Documents

Fact sheet: child sexual exploitation

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Fact sheet: domestic abuse

Fact sheet: paedophile manuals

Impact assessment: knives and offensive weapons

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Impact assessment: strengthening the law on domestic abuse

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Letter detailing updates to the criminal law on child cruelty

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Details

Part 5 amends the criminal law in relation to the offences of child cruelty and female genital mutilation. It provides for new offences of possession of ‘paedophile manuals’ and sexual communication with a child. Part 4 also criminalises patterns of coercive or controlling behaviour.

Part 6 creates a new offence of unauthorised possession of a knife or other offensive weapon in prison. It also enables regulations to be made to confer on courts the power to compel Mobile Network Operators to disconnect mobile communication devices found to be operating in prison without authorisation.

In addition, part 6 provides for, or extends, extra-territorial jurisdiction in respect of the offences in sections 5 (preparation of terrorist acts) and 6 (training for terrorism) of the Terrorism Act 2006, and confers parliamentary approval (as required by section 8 of the European Union Act 2011) for two draft Council Decisions under Article 352 of the TFEU.

Part 6 also contains minor and consequential amendments to other enactments and general provisions, including provisions about territorial application and commencement.

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Published 6 June 2014
Last updated 18 May 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated fact sheet on extra-territorial jurisdiction.
  2. Updated factsheet on extra-territorial jurisdiction.
  3. Updated guidance.
  4. Impact assessment: strengthening the law on domestic abuse published.
  5. Letter from Damian Green about changes to child cruelty law published.
  6. First published.