Do the police investigate children for 'sexting'?

3rd January 2020
Following a Freedom of Information request, The Guardian has recently reported on the number of children in England and Wales who have been investigated for 'sexting offences'. This includes children of both primary and secondary ages, and children who have sent explicit images of themselves.  You can read more in the original article here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/30/thousands-of-children-under-14-have-been-investigated-by-police-for-sexting
 
The NSPCC defines sexting as 'the exchange of sexual messages or self-generated sexual images or videos through a mobile phone network or the internet' and has clear guidance for professionals working with young people here: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/briefings/sexting-advice-professionals/