• CEOP Boss Resigns

    Just breaking on the BBC news website now. It appears that the higher-ups at CEOP didn't want to be assimilated as part of the National Crime Agency and so the boss has fallen on his sword so to speak.


    The chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has offered his resignation, the BBC has learned.

    The Home Office confirmed the Home Secretary was aware Jim Gamble had sent a resignation letter to her.

    The agency said it did not feel it was in the best interests of children and young people for Ceop to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency.

    The merger proposal was outlined by Theresa May in July.

    Ceop told the BBC it "does not feel that it is in the best interests of children and young people for CEOP to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency, as was announced a short while ago.

    "This direction of travel does not seem to have changed and Ceop's CEO, Jim Gamble, has therefore offered his resignation to the Home Secretary with a four month notice period. We are not prepared to comment further."

    It is understood that Ceop has made representations to the government since the announcement that its work was to become part of the proposed National Crime Agency.
    CEOP, for those of you that don't know is a very, very good organisation that takes on child abuse oniine and provides some frightningly good training for schools and staff in this area. I sincerly hope the merger works out for the best as it would be a great shame to see the service it provided removed from the online spectrum.
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      This is very disappointing and raises a number of questions about the rule eSafety will have in the 'safety' bit of OFSTED inspections in future.

      The movement of CEOP into the National Crime Agency does make some sense, but only in a reactive "let's catch those criminals" sense ... not in a crime prevention (teaching people to be safe) way.

      Is eSafety yet another area that is embedded and no longer needs funding, just like technology in schools?
    1. joe90bass's Avatar
      joe90bass -
      GD you've hit the nail on the head. The training and prevention work CEOP does is a key element of their work. If this goes the govt have made one massive error of judgement
    1. elsiegee40's Avatar
      elsiegee40 -
      I am similarly aghast... while CEOP is heavily involved in the crime detection side, there is a huge crime prevention role... otherwise known as their outreach work. I shall be curious to find out what's said at my next training in a couple of week.s
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      More from El Reg. Seems the 'industry' isn't lamenting his resignation:

      Internet firms welcome CEOP chief's exit ? The Register
    1. beeswax's Avatar
      beeswax -
      The Register article is by it's very nature a summary, but it quotes LINX as saying
      As figures show, ISPs have effectively eradicated child pornography hosted in the UK
      Though the eradication of child pornography is imortant, CEOP is about much more than this. Child protection covers many areas and it is to be hoped that the government and LINX recognize this.
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      I'm not surprised most are happy to see him go ... he challenged them to justify their actions on many occasions, especially those times when companies put profit over the safety of children and vulnerable young adults. What some saw as empire building, other saw as stopping duplication and getting things under one roof. What some saw as bullying of commercial companies others saw as an evangelist forcing companies to take a hard look at their moral stance.

      In a job like that you are going to make enemies ... with both criminals and companies you are butting heads with. The independence of political position also meant it was very difficult for some companies to use MPs and Govt departments to use politics to steer it away from tricky discussions.