Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Home Department written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the resources available to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre to combat child abuse online.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

The work of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) in tackling the proliferation of indecent images of children is of utmost importance. That is why we have protected the budget of CEOP compared to budget reductions which have been made elsewhere in law enforcement. CEOP has over 50% more staff now (133 as of 30 August 2013) than it did in November 2010 (85).

As a fully integrated command within the National Crime Agency (NCA), CEOP will be able to do more to protect children. The CEOP command will have a clear remit and be headed by a director, accountable to the NCA director general.

This means that the director of CEOP will have the freedom to direct the specialist resources within their command to reduce the threat or risk of harm to a child.

Being part of the NCA will bring advantages to CEOP, including access to more capacity to deal with complex cases of child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and more resilience for frontline operational services. CEOP will also be able to draw on support from other NCA specialist functions, such as the agency's enhanced intelligence capability, the National Cyber Crime Unit, and the Border Policing Command (including the international network) as well as greater influence through the NCA's national leadership role across law enforcement.

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