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Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre reports successes

Annual figures show 414 children safeguarded in the last year as a direct result of CEOP’s work

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has taken a direct role in the protection from abuse of 414 children, and has played a part in the arrest of 513 child sex offenders and the disruption of 132 criminal networks over the last year.  These are the highest annual figures since the Centre's introduction five years ago. 

The figures are accompanied by a report that outlines the challenges ahead to encourage better reporting of crime, greater understanding of how offenders operate, how technology is exploited and how networks of child sex offenders develop.  The report also highlights that from 1 July 2011 CEOP will be taking the national lead for providing services and specialist support for instances when children go missing, as reported in FLW News last week.