Thursday 01 July 2010

624 CHILDREN SAFEGUARDED FROM ABUSE IN FOUR YEARS

UK’s NATIONAL CENTRE FOR PROTECTING CHILDREN PUBLISHES FOURTH YEAR RESULTS

The number of children safeguarded from abuse through the work of the UK’s centre for protecting children has doubled in the past year bringing the total number since the organisation was launched in 2006 to 624, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre announced today.

Between April 2009 and March 2010 the Centre was directly involved in instigating and supporting investigations that safeguarded 278 children . Forty-seven of these children were identified, located and rescued after painstaking investigations by CEOP's ground breaking Image Analysis and Victim Identification Team.

Demonstrating the value of its low-cost, high-impact partnership model, the CEOP Centre has increased the capacity of those at the front line of child protection to deal with the crime by using networks of partners, police officers, child protection professionals and others to deliver CEOP’s expertise across the UK and beyond.  

Publishing its Annual Review today, CEOP outlined how its provision of operational support, intelligence development, training programmes and child protection expertise has delivered significant results in the fight against child sexual abuse.

While locating and safeguarding children suffering these horrific offences is at the heart of all its activity, as a law enforcement agency CEOP has continued to identify suspected offenders and to work with forces to bring them to justice. In the last year, 417 suspected child sexual offenders were arrested for offences ranging from possession of indecent images to rape as a result of intelligence reports from CEOP and/or through the deployment of CEOP resources . Ninety-six high-risk child sexual offender networks have been disrupted or dismantled as a result of CEOP activity in the last year . CEOP’s ‘Most Wanted’ website (www.ceop.police.uk/wanted), which continues to engage the public to locate a missing offender when all other lines of enquiry have been exhausted, has an 80% success rate in locating missing registered sexual offenders who appear on the site .

CEOP has also established a network of over 46,000 local volunteers in the past four years – teachers, police officers, youth leaders and others – all working with CEOP to deliver bespoke internet safety lessons to more than 5.7 million UK school children - a programme that has won awards and has been adopted in countries where CEOP has established collaborative working.

Use of the online ‘ClickCEOP’ advice, help and reporting mechanism has also increased significantly. The Centre, which received over 6,200 intelligence reports in the last year, saw 600 requests from child-facing websites to embed the ClickCEOP button between November 2009 and March 2010. CEOP has also worked in partnership with Microsoft to provide a customised CEOP version of Internet Explorer 8; and has worked with Google and Mozilla to produce add-ons for the Chrome and Firefox browsers, each of which provides instant access to CEOP’s online safety information and reporting mechanism from within the browser toolbar, meaning that, no matter what website a child uses,  these tools will give them the ability to instantly access the organisation’s services from within their toolbar.

The Annual Review outlines a number of case studies which illustrate the critical support CEOP delivers to forces, enabling them to make their communities safer at a local level. When Michael Williams - a 28 year old postman who abused a number of children - was convicted in May 2010, Detective Inspector Simon Snell from Devon and Cornwall Police described CEOP’s support to his investigation as “not just useful – it was essential to many aspects of the investigation.”

Having demonstrated the value of the partnership model, CEOP will seek to build on its success in delivering a holistic approach to child protection by expanding its services into new areas, such as missing children, as a key element of front line safeguarding. CEOP will also play a key role in the implementation of the ACPO Child Protection Delivery Plan, including the delivery of professional development for front line officers and in the continued coordination of online child abuse investigations.

Jim Gamble, Chief Executive of the CEOP Centre said:

“CEOP brings together cross-sector expertise and then delivers bespoke front line services to a whole network of practitioners.  That is real economy of scale and our results year on year show the very lasting and significant impact we are making.   417 suspected offenders have felt the full force of those partnerships and 278 children have been safeguarded as a result in the last year alone, also representing the efforts of the wider child protection community who have worked with CEOP’s teams. 

“None of this would be possible without the continued and dedicated support we get from organisations ranging from major corporations to national charities, such as the NSPCC and Beatbullying, to individual advocates, all of whom come together with the single aim of putting children first and using whatever networks and resources we can to deliver expertise in an efficient and meaningful way. Our commercial partners are able to accrue significant social return by focusing their corporate responsibility efforts in support of CEOP’s mixed economy, multi-agency teams and we look forward to continued success with current and future partners.”

Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention, James Brokenshire, said:
“The Government is committed to protecting children and CEOP plays a vital role which means more children are safeguarded, more offenders are apprehended and more professionals are trained.

“I welcome the work CEOP has achieved in partnership with police, charities and industry to ensure the internet is a safer place for children and congratulate its dedicated staff for all their hard work.”

Notes to editors:

  • The following is a full summary of all performance figures from the CEOP Centre over the past 12 months:

 

  • 278 children have been safeguarded or protected from sexual abuse either directly or indirectly as the result of CEOP activity, 47 of whom have been identified through the victim identification process.
  • 417 suspected child sexual offenders have been arrested – for offences ranging from possession of indecent images to rape – as a result of intelligence reports from CEOP and/or through the deployment of CEOP resources.

 

  • 96 high risk child sexual offender networks have been disrupted or dismantled as a result of CEOP activity.
  • 6,291 intelligence reports have been received by the CEOP Centre – a combination of reports through the public’s ‘ClickCEOP’ reporting mechanism, from the online and mobile industries and law enforcement partners in the UK and overseas.

 

  • 3,370 child protection professionals have attended CEOP’s specialist training courses.

Since CEOP was set up in 2006:

  • Over 46, 102 teachers, trainers, police officers and youth leaders have registered to use CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme.

 

  • Nearly 5.7m children and young people have participated in the Thinkuknow programme delivered to them.
  • Over 600 requests to download and use the ClickCEOP button for use on child-facing websites between November 2009 and March 2010.

 

 

Overview of Key Performance Year on Year

Indicators

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Total

The number of children subject to safeguarding or protection activity as a result of CEOP activity.

 

76

 

131

 

139

 

278

 

624

The number of arrests made by another agency following the dissemination of intelligence by CEOP and /or supported by the deployment of CEOP resources.

 

83

 

297

 

334

 

417

 

1,131

Number of child protection professionals trained on CEOP developed and delivered child sex abuse courses

 

1,457

 

2,697

 

3,734

 

3,370

 

11,258

Number of high risk sex offender networks disrupted and dismantled

 

 

29

 

55

 

82

 

96

 

262

  • The CEOP Centre works in both the online and offline environments to protect children from sexual exploitation. Full information on all areas of work as well as online safety messages and access to online reporting can be found at www.ceop.police.uk.  

 

The number of children subject to safeguarding or protection activity as a result of CEOP activity.  For the same period in 2008-2009 the figure was 139 children.

The number of arrests made by another agency following the dissemination of intelligence by CEOP and/or supported by the deployment of CEOP resources. For the same period in 2008-2009 the figure was 334 suspected offenders.

82 high-risk sexual offender networks were disrupted and dismantled for the same period in 2008-2009.

16 of the 20 offenders posted on the site since 2006 have been missing for a combined total of 37 years and four months.

 

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