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NSPCC want border-free child protection across Europe

EU legislation should be overhauled to protect children from travelling sex offenders and help identify the victims of abuse, say the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

The NSPCC are calling for an improved system of sharing criminal records between EU member states, to prevent offenders gaining employment in countries unaware of their backgrounds.

Dame Mary Marsh, the charity's director and chief executive, said: "We need a simple system that allows an education or health authority in Manchester to ensure a potential employee from Madrid or Marseilles is not a danger to chidren.

"We live in a high-tech world so this kind of information should be just a click away."

The NSPCC also want a clampdown on photographs of abused children.

Vernon Jones from Save The Children said: "We must never forget that a child has actually been abused to produce one of these horrific images.

"t is therefore vital that we find out who they are and give them the protection and ongoing upport they urgently need."

"Sex abuse images can be intercepted in one country but may have emanated from one another.

"Child abuse has no nationality, so by demanding international harmonised legislation, NSPCC and Save the Children hope to forge a path towards better child protection in a border-free Europe."


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