By Mason Jones
A NEW initiative to prevent UK sex offenders from gaining access to children by travelling abroad has been launched in Spain today.
The international police check has been developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP).
“CEOP has found that some international schools, charities and other agencies overseas do not currently have access to the same level of police checks available to organisations in the UK, sometimes enabling sex offender to gain positions of trust with children,” said Peter Davies, Chief Executive of the organisation.
Giles Paxman, British Ambassador to Spain also commented: “Sexual abuse of children is a detestable crime.
“We are determined to do all we can to help schools and other organisations working with children to protect themselves from the perpetrators, both at home and abroad.
“This initiative is part of a much wider programme of cooperation between Spanish and British law enforcement agencies. I sincerely hope it will protect minors as well as deter offenders,” he added.