We're calling for mandatory rules that ensure social media networks keep children safe online.
Figures show that 3,171 offences have been recorded in England and Wales1 across 80 platforms in England and Wales since a new anti-grooming law was introduced last year which criminalises sexual communication with a child. This amounts to almost 9 grooming offences on average per day.
Where police disclosed the gender and age of the victim2, records also reveal:
- girls aged 12-15 were recorded in 62% of cases
- under-11s were recorded in nearly a quarter of cases.
This news comes ahead of our annual flagship conference How safe are our children? Growing up online which begins on Wednesday 20th June and explores the potential risks the online world poses to children and young people. The conference also marks the launch of our annual report, How safe are our children?