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Internet Child abuse Written Answer, 26/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Lords on 26 March 2014 in response to Lord Taylor of Warwick's question asking Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider there to be sufficient resources to tackle online child abuse.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, replied that 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.

Government funding for the CEOP Command of the NCA was £6.381million in 2012/13. The work of the CEOP Command in tackling the proliferation of indecent images of children is of utmost importance and that is why we have protected its budget.

In addition, every officer in the NCA, which has 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.

Police forces also investigate online child abuse, safeguard the victims and prosecute the perpetrators. The resources allocated to this work in each force is a matter for the Chief Constable and their Police and Crime Commissioner.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the House of Lords Hansard 26 March 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Lords Hansard 26 March 2014