We're calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prioritise online safety and bring in laws that deliver a change in protection against abuse
A Freedom of Information request to police forces in England and Wales shows there were at least 4,373 offences of sexual communication with a child recorded in the year to April 2019 compared with 3,217 in the previous year1.
The data revealed:
- where age was provided, 1 in 5 victims were aged just 11 or younger
- the number of recorded instances of the use of Instagram was more than double that of the previous year.
In the last 2 years, Facebook-owned apps (Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp) and Snapchat were used in more than 70% of the instances where police recorded and provided the communication method.
The offence of sexual communication with a child came into force on April 3 2017 following our Flaw in the Law campaign.
Following the release of the Online Harms White Paper earlier this year, our #WildWestWeb campaign calls on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to keep the Government's promise and force tech firms to exercise a duty of care to children on their platforms.