Charity welcomes move to stop paedophiles using internet chat rooms

    Leading children’s charity NCH has welcomed plans to
    monitor internet chat rooms to identify paedophiles who are using
    them to groom children, writes Sally Gillen.

    The idea was one of a series put forward by the UK
    National Crime Squad at a three-day virtual summit on protecting
    children, involving England and Wales, America, Australia and
    Canada.

    National Crime Squad assistant chief constable Jim Gamble said that
    law enforcement agencies, children’s charities and
    organisations such as internet service providers needed to continue
    to campaign “for this issue to be high on the political
    agenda and ensure that funds are no obstacle in doing
    so”.

    A spokesperson for the NCS said a feasibility study would need to
    be carried out before the initiative was given the go-ahead.

    NCH internet advisor John Carr said: “This is a fantastic
    development which NCH welcomes enormously.”

    He added the proposals would in effect create an international
    policing institution focused on child safety on the internet

    “The internet is now a less safe place for paedophiles and
    that means it’s getting safer for children all the
    time,” said Carr.

     

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