New Laws to Crack Down on Child Groomers

Following the NSPCC’s Flaw in the Law Campaign, the government has finally listed and passed a law that gives new sentences to groomers who target children through mobile devices and social media.

Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

In a world of mobile phones and social media, our children are ever more vulnerable to those who prey on their innocence and exploit their trust. The best way of protecting our young people from the evils of child abuse is to stop it happening in the first place. This new offence will give courts the powers to jail anyone who sends sexual communication to a child – and stop the process of grooming before it starts.

The new offence came into effect on 3 April 2017, and covers both online and offline communication, including through social media, e-mail, and letters.

This is a step in the right direction and Cataphract thank the efforts of NSPCC and the future of safeguarding our children from this plight.

We highlighted this yesterday in our article regarding protecting our children through digital education and learning.

David Clark

Posted by David Clark
April 11, 2017, in Child Protection

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