Two of Britain’s top officers are urging children, parents and carers to ensure they know how to stay safe online. We explore the latest assessment from NCA (National Crime Agency) and what you can do to help keep your children safe online.
The NCA’s latest assessment reveals that there are at least *300,000 people in the UK posing a threat to children online. The released figures comes from intelligence before the coronavirus outbreak, but this number will continue to rise as the NCA revealed offenders are already discussing opportunities over online chat forums to abuse children during this crisis.
*Based on the NCA’s developing understanding – from a variety of sources.
Research from the NCA revealed schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities recorded nearly 10 times the number of safeguarding concerns of a sexual nature than other residential schools.
Also, a study by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) found the most common concerns raised of a sexual nature were online and peer-on-peer abuse. They highlighted the challenges of managing children’s online safety and peer relationships.
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