Jim Gamble, the Chief Executive of CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), has resigned over the government’s plans for the organisation.
The government wants to incorporate CEOP as part of the new National Crime Agency. However, Mr Gamble strongly believes that CEOP should remain independent, as the issue of child protection is so important that it demands its own dedicated agency.
An ITN report quoted Shadow Home Secretary Alan Johnson as saying this move would “harm child safety networks”. The mother of schoolgirl Sarah Payne added she was “disgusted” by these plans.
Mr Gamble famously led calls for a panic button to be installed on Facebook to help protect younger users from anything inappropriate, which after a long drawn out fight eventually resulted in the social networking site adopting a ClickCEOP app.