On Monday 7 December, Channel 4 will broadcast the first of two documentaries examining the work of the National Crime Agency, including the CEOP Command.
The first episode Hunting the Paedophiles - Inside the National Crime Agency follows Operation Perdition, an investigation led by the CEOP Command into the online blackmail and sexual abuse of boys by offenders using fake social media profiles. Law enforcement agencies identified and supported hundreds of victims in the UK and four Bahraini nationals were arrested and convicted. All are now serving prison sentences in Bahrain.
All the victims known to the CEOP Command have been identified and safeguarded, but it is possible that there are some victims who have not yet told anyone about what has happened. Watching the documentary may prompt them, or others who have been a victim of child sexual abuse, to make a disclosure.
There are a number of ways in which you can get support if you are affected by the programme:
Any member of the public can report direct to CEOP by using the 'Report Abuse' button at www.ceop.police.uk/click-ceop.
Young people can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk, use the CEOP 'Report Abuse' button or call ChildLine in confidence on 0800 1111.
Parents and carers – look at the new Thinkuknow Parents and Carers website at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents. The site contains a wealth of information, guidance and support for worried parents. Note that there is specific guidance for anyone who fears that their child has been a victim of online sexual exploitation or abuse here [www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/article-repository/If-you-find-out-your-child-has-been-sexually-abused-or-exploited/]
The NSPCC helpline (0808 800 5000) is available at any time to victims and those offering support (including those supporting victims of historic abuse).