Child abuse is child abuse, regardless of the context of the crime type or the environment within which it is committed. People who groom, extort and move our children to abuse them are child abusers and we shouldn't let them hide behind any other label.Such as..? Jim doesn’t say. Perhaps he’s had an attack of shyness?
But, as the Grim Reaper asks, is this going to be a long winded whinge, or does he have a solution in mind?
Positive early intervention is the only way forward and not just the criminal justice intervention after the crime.
We need to empower our children by education: powerful, contemporary materials delivered to children in the classroom, care home or via the media of social networks, helping them help themselves and their friends.And who will develop this ‘powerful, contemporary material’, I wonder..?
I was always struck by reports from children after presentations by child exploitation and online protection (Ceop) teams in the classroom. Children highlighting a risk posed to them, or very often, a friend; a risk recognised because it had been put in context and the consequences exposed in a safe environment.Ah. Right. Of course.
In my opinion it's important that we don't simply fall into the same trap as the current home secretary, Theresa May. She is attempting to push Ceop into the ill thought-out National Crime Agency, demonstrating a lack of understanding of the broader remit and multi-agency platform.And there we have the real reason for Jim’s little whine – a chance to point a finger at the Home Sec and, like Cassandra, predict that it’ll all go horribly, horribly wrong if CEOP doesn’t stand alone, with a post open for a chief exec on a huge salary…