Offences against Children

Home Office written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to protect under 18 year olds from grooming and inappropriate relationships.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In February 2017, the Government published the Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Progress Report and announced a £40m package of measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders. This includes £2.3m for the successful Disrespect Nobody campaign, which raises young people’s awareness of healthy relationships. The National Crime Agency’s education programme, Thinkuknow, helps children and young people to identify the risks they may face both online and off.

We are strengthening law enforcement capacity and capability and have provided millions of pounds of extra investment through the Police Transformation Fund to transform policing to respond to changing crimes and threats, including more than £20million to help combat the online grooming of children for sexual exploitation.

The Children and Social Work Act (2017) made it a requirement that all primary schools in England teach relationships education and secondary schools in England teach relationships and sex education (RSE). First teaching is expected to commence in September 2019.

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