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Children: Protection

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports of suspected child exploitation were received by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) from Bebo in the last 12 months; and what length of time elapsed between the report being made to Bebo and its receipt by CEOP in each case. (204692)

In the last financial year 290 reports have been received from Bebo by CEOP in this way, out of an overall total of 6,002. For the purposes of answering this question, CEOP dip-sampled, at random, a total of 12 reports for the last year (one for each month). The time delay on receiving reports from when they reached the Bebo SPOC (single point of contact) to being sent to CEOP varied from three days and 14 hours to seven hours with the average working out to one day and 23 hours.

CEOP do not hold any information on the original date that the matter was reported to Bebo, and so cannot comment on any possible time lapse in that part of the process.