Child protection agency hails child protection record
Ceop safeguarded 790 children in 2012/13, an increase of 85% on previous year
Tuesday 14 May 2013
A record number of children have been protected from sexual abusers in the past year, according to new figures.
The UK's leading child protection agency safeguarded 790 children in 2012/13, an increase of 85 per cent on the previous year.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) received 18,887 reports of abuse in the past 12 months, which was 14 per cent more than the year before.
The organisation has warned that the growing availability of high-speed internet around the globe is likely to increase the threat to children.
Ceop chief executive Peter Davies said: "This past year has not only seen increases in the number of reports to the centre from the public and industry, but also a large increase in the number of children Ceop has been able to protect and safeguard from some of the worst offenders who seek to exploit our children.
"We have also provided thousands of intelligence packages to police forces and children's services, and have reached millions of children with our educational programme teaching them how to be safe.
"Despite our successes, we aren't complacent. We recognise that the world is constantly changing and offenders will continue to seek new ways to abuse children, which is why our work with partners around the globe is constantly evolving to ensure we're always one step ahead of abusers."
Ceop has outlined a number of key threat areas where it will focus its activity as it moves into the new National Crime Agency.
They include the proliferation of indecent images of children, the systematic sexual exploitation of multiple child victims on the internet and organised crime-related child abuse.
Mr Davies said: "The centre continues to prove its place on a global platform as one of the leading child sexual abuse law enforcement agencies and, through our commitment to prevent abuse, protect children and pursue offenders, the UK's children are safer because of its vital work.
"Moving into the National Crime Agency as one of the four commands, the centre will play a pivotal role in sharing our expertise in protecting children.
"The agency will also be able to use specialist resources and knowledge to ensure that children are even safer in the future - not just here in the UK, but also abroad working with our international partners."
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Putin opponent reveals Russian President's daughter's secret identity
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Gay couple buy JebBushForPresident.com web domain, and refuse to sell
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Rashida Jones speaks out against male-centric porn saying 'women should have sex and feel good about it'