The NSPCC has hailed the introduction of new laws designed to stop sex offenders from grooming children. NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “The Justice Secretary has done the right thing. This is a victory for common sense. Children should be as safe online as they are offline, wherever they are in the UK”.
The new offence gives courts the powers to jail anyone who sends a sexual communication to a child – and stop the process of grooming before it starts. Groomers who target children through mobile phones and social media now face 2 years in prison. Those found guilty also face being automatically placed on the sex offenders register. The new offence, which came into effect in April covers both online and offline communication, including through social media, e-mail, and letters
Elisabeth James said, “In the fast changing world of technology, these new rules cover a gap in the law’s protection of children”.
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