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UK must remain a member of Europol post-Brexit to protect children from sexual abuse - Barnardo's

Release Date: 14 Jun 2018

Barnardo's wants the UK must remain a member of Europol and Eurojust post-Brexit to protect children from online grooming and sexual abuse.

The charity was responding to a report from the Scottish Government which warned that authorities could have to deal with a "more fragmented system of seeking assistance across borders" once the UK leaves the European Union.

The new report  highlighted the importance of schemes such as the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and the Swedish Initiative, which sets out rules enabling the rapid sharing of information by those investigating crimes across the continent.

It recommends "every effort should be made" by the UK Government to maintain access after Brexit.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

Social media and online platforms have become an integral part of the way children and young people live their lives, conduct friendships and develop into young adults.

But they can also be a platform for abuse. The Government’s White Paper and Internet Safety Strategy must provide the right legislation in the UK to protect children from harmful sites developed in other countries.

We also need mechanisms which address the global reach of online grooming and child sexual abuse, which is why it’s vital the UK remains members of cross-border agencies like Europol and Eurojust.

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