15 October 2010

UK - Vulnerable children 'will lose out' under plans to merge child protection unit with National Crime Agency

(Press Association)
Vulnerable children will lose out under government plans to merge the UK's online child protection unit into the new National Crime Agency, its outgoing head said. Jim Gamble, who resigned as chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), said child protection issues simply would not be able to compete with terrorism, gun crime and drugs in a list of broader priorities. He also warned that costs would rise under the National Crime Agency (NCA), as at least one internet service provider (ISP) – which tracks down internet addresses to individuals – says it would charge the larger NCA administration costs for the service which it currently provides to Ceop for free. These costs would be about £100,000 per year for each ISP.