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Child Abuse Written Answer, 18/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Lords on 18 March 2014 in response to Lord Taylor of Warwick's question asking Her Majesty’s Government what systems are in place to prevent online child abuse.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, replied that the Government is committed to preventing online child abuse and has put in place a major programme to protect children online.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command of the National Crime Agency (NCA) is the UK's national law enforcement agency committed to tackling the sexual abuse of children in both the online and offline environments - with the principal aim of identifying, locating and safeguarding children and young people from harm. Every officer in the NCA, over 4000 people, has a legal duty to safeguard children and promote child welfare. The NCA's UK and global reach is extensive, with officers stationed in over 40 countries overseas to ensure our international partners are working alongside us to tackle the abuse of children.

Additional progress in tackling child abuse online has been made through work  with the internet industry. Internet search engines have made changes to their search mechanisms, and these new measures have been effective in making it harder to access child abuse images. Britain and the US have also created a new taskforce to work with industry to counter online child sexual exploitation.

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is a group of over 200 organisations containing representatives from government, law enforcement, the charity sector, academia and the online industry, who work together to help keep children safe online. The Executive Board is Chaired jointly by the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Commons Hansard 18 March 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 18 March 2014