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Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested by officers of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre since establishment have been (a) charged, (b) tried and (c) found guilty; and what the (i) sentence and (ii) earliest date for parole was in each case. (204071)

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the lead agency for the co-ordination of UK policing response to the threat of child sexual exploitation, particularly within the online or mobile environments. CEOP works to support police, child protection and education agencies locally and internationally to better protect children and young people from this threat.

Since its launch in April 2006, 207 children have been safeguarded from sexual abuse either directly or indirectly as the result of CEOP activity.

As of 31 March 2008, in 176 cases involving the arrests of individuals, where CEOP provided operational support to UK police forces and where feedback was received from those police forces, 60 individuals where charged with various offences, 10 were cautioned, 63 cases are ongoing, and in 43, no further action was taken.

Responsibility for and information pertaining to the investigation, prosecution, trial and post-conviction management of any individual dealt with as a result of information, intelligence or operational support provided by CEOP lies with the relevant police force or criminal justice agency concerned.