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Child abuse prevention 'not working'

The system of court orders designed to stop sex offenders in the community from coming into contact with children in Britain and abroad has been described as "not fit for purpose."

The BBC has seen a report written by the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, police officers and legal experts which says the measures are "over complicated".

Christine Beddoe, who is a child protection specialist and is one of the report's authors, told the Today programme that the current system is not working.

"Rules can be put into place effectively," she explained, "the threshold is still too high and children are at risk as a result."

She went on to say that the current system in the UK is "not working and children are being abused as a result."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 14 May 2013.

  • 14 May 2013
  • From the section UK