Safeguarding: Plea for politicians to get on with Online Safety Bill

Thousands of online child sex offences will have been recorded during the on-going delays to the progress of the landmark Online Safety Bill, frustrated campaigners have warned this week.

The NSPCC is urging politicians to get on with finalising the legislation, which is set to put a duty of care on social media companies and others to protect their users.

It would mean any platforms that allow users to post content or interact with one another – namely social media companies – would have to put measures in place to prevent and disrupt child abuse on their sites and protect children from harm.

The Bill was part of the 2019 Conservative manifesto and culture secretary Michelle Donelan has said it is her “number one priority”.

However, the Bill’s progress was delayed over the summer and has been further pushed back following the Liz Truss debacle and subsequent appointment of Rishi Sunak.

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