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The internet and child sexual abuse (Phase 2) media pack

An inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation facilitated by the internet.

No issue is more pressing for contemporary child protection than the role of the internet in facilitating child sexual abuse. Developments in technology have created new opportunities for offending against children. Some reflect patterns of offending which have existed for years: for example, the creation, possession and distribution of indecent images of children or the grooming of children for the purpose of abuse at a later time. Other opportunities to offend are new, including the use of online streaming as a means of abusing children who may be in the UK or abroad.

The first phase of this investigation took place in January 2018 and explored the nature, extent and scale of child sexual abuse facilitated by the internet, as well as the response of law enforcement agencies.

This phase of the investigation will focus on the response of the internet industry to child sexual abuse, including online platforms and software companies. It will also investigate the effectiveness of government policy in protecting children from sexual abuse facilitated by the internet.

Investigation press pack

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