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Rise in child abuse on webcams

There has been a rise in use of webcams and live video streaming for sexually abusing children, according to a new report. It found that vulnerable children in developing countries were often targeted by abusers over the internet.

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'Sickening' child abuse must not remain hidden

Policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green has outlined steps he is taking to ensure that "sickening" sexual crimes against children do not remain hidden.

Policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

He said: "Police are bringing more cases before the courts and significant sentences are being handed down to perpetrators.

"But more needs to be done. Ceop is doing excellent work and we will see its capability strengthened when it is transferred to the National Crime Agency later this year.

"I am leading a new Home Office group which is urgently looking at how we better identify those at risk, create a more victim-focused culture within the police, health and children's services, improve data-sharing and address cultural barriers to uncovering abuse."

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