Offences against Children: Internet

Home Office written question – answered on 29th November 2018.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to monitor the effectiveness of the National Crime Agency’s Thinkuknow education programme in protecting children from online abuse.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The National Crime Agency’s Thinkuknow education programme endeavours to help children and young people identify the risks they may face online, build resilience against the threat of child sexual abuse and exploitation and know where to seek further support, including where appropriate, reporting directly to the NCA.

The NCA’s performance is monitored quarterly through the NCA’s internal governance structure and overseen by the NCA Board. It is then reported directly to the Home Secretary. This performance reporting includes information on ThinkuKnow.

There was an external evaluation of ThinkuKnow in 2009. CEOP took on board the recommendations, and the NCA continues to develop its education tools and resources in conjunction with young people, as well as its Ambassador network.

Following the implementation of new ThinkuKnow resources for eight to ten year olds in November 2016, new resources for four to seven year olds will be launched in January 2019. These have been designed in line with best practice agreed with the PSHE association and have been developed following consultation with over 2000 parents, carers and professionals, and 25 sessions in 12 schools.

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