We estimate more than 25,300 child abuse image and sexual grooming offences have been recorded by the police since the Online Harms White Paper was published just over 9 months ago
Based on latest police recorded crime data, it's estimated an average of 1 online abuse offence against a child was recorded every 16 minutes in England and Wales1.
The Online Harms Reduction Regulator Bill will be introduced into the House of Lords today, a Private Member's Bill that requires Ofcom to prepare for regulation as an interim online harms regulator.
This speeds up timescales for government to uphold their manifesto promise by introducing comprehensive legislation to protect children from abuse online. Until then, we estimate 90 online child abuse crimes a day could continue to be recorded.