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BPS Guidance on Access to Sexually Explicity Illegal Material for the Purpose of Assessment, Intervention, and Research

03 November 2016

This position paper outlines the BPS professional practice framework for psychologists who require access to sexually explicit illegal material as part of their professional duties.

Prepared by the Professional Practice Board’s Cross-divisional Working Party on the Assessment of Offenders Who Have Accessed Sexually Explicit Illegal Materials on the Internet, this document is designed to offer guidance for psychologists on the issues of accessing sexually explicit materials for research purposes.

It also presents key advice pertaining to risk assessment and intervention with offenders, in order to better protect psychologists whose legitimate duties may expose them to potentially illegal materials.




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