Making a difference: Case examples

Safer by design

The only way we can tackle the criminal abuse of children and young people is by working together. We believe there are measurable business benefits for companies who are proactive enough to join us in building a safer online environment for every child, everywhere.

Here are some reasons why:

Case example 1

A recent example concerns a report from an individual who suspected that an online chat buddy was planning to abduct the child of another online contact, with the view to remove that child from the UK and to abuse and torture them. By having that report delivered directly to CEOP through reporting tools, we were able to identify both the offender and the potential victim, put in place safeguarding measures for the child's protection and liaise with our colleagues in the US to have the offender arrested as he boarded a plane from New York to London.

Case example 2

Another case concerns a 14 year old child who was groomed by an adult male through a social networking site. A report was made to the Centre - local police and child protection agencies were alerted, the child safeguarded and access to their computer has lead to the identification of the offender and other children at risk.

Case example 3

One particularly high profile case goes a long way to show that online reporting of offenders by young people is effective in helping law enforcement to identify offenders and bring them to justice.

In this specific case, not only were three children sexually abused by the offender, but this offender was also found to have numerous other chat logs with over 40 other children indicating that he was lining up more victims to abuse in the real world. Those children have now been spared this ordeal.

Clearly educating and empowering young people to the risks online is important in order that they can protect themselves and prevent further harm to children from sexual predators.

These cases are just the tip of the iceberg and demonstrate how online offenders are exploiting technology to make contact with young people for the purpose of sexual abuse.