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Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and Social Care Secretary said he was "very worried" as a father by the growing evidence of the detrimental effect on…
Technology firms should be more proactive in preventing images depicting child abuse from being made available online, the National Crime Agency's (NCA) lead for tackling child sexual abuse has said. Rob Jones said the acceptance that child abuse happens online and that images showing abuse are available on the internet…
Recorded sexual crime was up 13% last year, following new legislation outlawing acts such as circulating intimate photographs. Sexual crimes increased from 11,092 in 2016/17 to 12,487 in 2017/18 – the highest level seen since 1971. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act came into force in July last…
Schools need more robust guidance on how to respond to abuse through sexual image sharing, a study suggests. The research looked at how the difference between consensual and non-consensual sharing can sometimes be conflated. It also identified that when the advice to pupils was not to sext in the first…
The way social media impacts young people's mental health needs to be better understood, according to new research by the Centre for Mental Health. The charity has published a briefing paper which says there is evidence to show both positive and negative effects on mental health by using social media,…
A former Plaid Cymru politician has been charged with making indecent images of children. Simon Thomas, 54, quit the party and his role as an Assembly Member after he was arrested in July. Thomas was MP for Ceredigion between 2000 and 2005, before joining the National Assembly for Wales to…
Police are discovering child abuse image offences on average every 23 minutes, according to the NSPCC. Recorded crimes of viewing indecent pictures or videos of children rose by a nearly quarter from last year to more than 22,700, the charity said on Thursday. The figures came after the Home Secretary…
A teacher who manipulated people around the world to sexually abuse children in their care was branded a "malign puppet master" by a judge as he was jailed. Richard Clark (pictured) used a series of false identities in order to "manipulate" victims into committing sexual abuse on children, recording the…
A disgraced police inspector who admitted making or distributing more than 300 indecent images of children has been sacked. Lee Bartram, of West Midlands Police, was thrown out of the force at a fast-track gross misconduct hearing held at its headquarters on Thursday. Chief Constable David Thompson told the special…
Sajid Javid has warned internet giants they could face new laws unless they step up efforts to tackle child abuse content. The Home Secretary called on the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter to spearhead the response in the same way as they have intensified activity to remove terrorist…
At least 80,000 people in the UK are estimated to pose a sexual threat to children online, the Home Secretary is to reveal. Sajid Javid will disclose the figure and describe his shock at discovering the scale of the danger posed by paedophiles on the internet. In a flagship speech,…
Paedophiles who download indecent images of children should get tougher sentences, the Solicitor General has said. Robert Buckland (pictured) said the use of the internet to download or share images of child abuse is "as insidious a crime as direct sexual assault". The Government minister told The Daily Telegraph: "I'm…
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