Child Sexual Abuse

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4004
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Following the comments of chief constable Simon Bailey, the national lead for child protection at the National Police Chiefs' Council, that the police are going to have to consider working with so called 'paedophile hunters', what is the Metropolitan Police Service's policy on working with these vigilantes?

Answer

Answer for Child Sexual Abuse

Answer for Child Sexual Abuse

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Met has a specialist command (SCO40) that leads on proactively investigating Online Child Sexual Abuse.

The MPS is currently developing intelligence of child sexual exploitation and abuse vigilante activity in London.  The MPS is engaged with the College of Policing, national police lead Chief Constable Simon Bailey and other stakeholders around developing national guidelines for all police forces, which will be adapted where required for MPS police officers and staff.

There are significant risks associated with the activity of so called `paedophile hunters and vigilantes', this can include little consideration for safeguarding vulnerable adults or children who may have contact with the suspect.

The MPS does not encourage such groups, but instead focuses on discouraging activity that is dangerous and which has the potential to undermine the nationally coordinated response of UK law enforcement agencies tackling online abuse