New initiative to protect Romanian children from travelling UK sex offender
Bucharest/ Romania, June 29, 2015 - The National Crime Agency (NCA), in conjunction with the British Embassy Bucharest, is launching a new weapon to combat the exploitation and abuse of children in Romania by travelling British child sex offenders.
The International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) has been developed to target British nationals and residents who may be seeking to travel and work overseas in order to sexually abuse children.
An ICPC can only be issued following checks made against police information and intelligence databases. It aims to provide reassurance that staff employed in schools and voluntary organisations do not have a UK criminal record that makes them unsuitable to work with children.
The launch of the ICPC in Romania is the culmination of months of close co-operation between the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and Romanian partners.
The certificate is already being used in 74 countries worldwide and has been officially launched in Kenya, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Ukraine, Spain, India and Poland. To date, a total of 13,000 applications have been received by the NCA’s CEOP Command.
Alongside the launch, the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command will be hosting a Safeguarding Workshop for social workers and school counsellors from across Romania to share advice on protecting children in their care.
Law enforcement and prosecution representatives from Romania and 10 neighbouring countries will also attend a 5-day regional conference hosted by the National Crime Agency at the Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC) in Bucharest on 29 June - 3 July 2015. They will share best practice and knowledge around tackling the issues of online child sexual abuse and exploitation and cyber enabled crime, which often span borders. (more)
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