Online and on the edge: real risks in a virtual world

Summary

Dealing with child sexual exploitation in a virtual world requires a different style of policing from the conventional methods of the past. This report sets out findings from an inspection of the police service’s efforts to tackle online child sexual exploitation, and concludes that forces need to better understand the nature and potential scale of this type of offending to ensure that more is done to protect children from harm, and bring perpetrators to justice.

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Online and on the edge: real risks in a virtual world

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The police service must reassess their approach to child protection – or risk failing a new generation of children

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Dyfed-Powys police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘Online and on the edge’

Merseyside police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘Online and on the edge’

Staffordshire police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘Online and on the edge’

Surrey police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘Online and on the edge’

Thames Valley police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘Online and on the edge’

West Mercia police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘Online and on the edge’

West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘Online and on the edge’

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