MP backing NSPCC law change bid

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Bulwell MP Graham Allen is lending his support to an NSPCC campaign to make it a crime for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s Flaw in the Law campaign is calling on the Government to introduce a new offence so that it is always illegal for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child.

The campaign is seeking an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which is soon due to receive its Second Reading in the Commons.

Mr Allen said: “No adult should ever send a sexual message to a child, full stop.

“The current law misses vital opportunities to stop abusers grooming young people online. The Serious Crime Bill now is a timely chance to better protect children online and I hope the Government will back the campaign,” said Graham Allen MP of Nottingham North.”

And he added: “The law hasn’t kept up with the way that abusers are using the Internet to facilitate the abuse of children.”

The NSPCC’s Head of child safety online, Claire Lilley, said: “We are very grateful to Graham Allen MP for supporting the Flaw in the Law campaign. We want legislation to keep up with technology and offender behaviour in order to properly protect children.”