Child Abuse: Ceop Saves More Than Ever

A record number of children have been protected from sexual abusers in the past year, according to new figures. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) says it safeguarded 790 children in 2012/13, an increase of 85% on the previous year. All together ceop, the UK's leading child protection agency, received 18,887 reports of abuse, a rise of 14%. The organisation has warned that the growing availability of high-speed internet around the globe is likely to increase the threat to children. Chief executive Peter Davies said: "This past year has seen ... a large increase in the number of children ceop has been able to protect and safeguard from some of the worst offenders who seek to exploit our children. "We have also provided thousands of intelligence packages to police forces and children's services, and have reached millions of children with our educational programme teaching them how to be safe.

"Despite our successes, we aren't complacent. We recognise that the world is constantly changing and offenders will continue to seek new ways to abuse children, which is why our work with partners around the globe is constantly evolving." Ceop has outlined a number of key areas where it will focus its activity as it becomes part of the new National Crime Agency. These include the proliferation of indecent images of children, the systematic sexual exploitation of multiple child victims on the internet and organised crime-related child abuse. Mr Davies said: "Moving into the National Crime Agency as one of the four commands, the centre will play a pivotal role in sharing our expertise in protecting children. "The agency will also be able to use specialist resources and knowledge to ensure that children are even safer in the future - not just here in the UK, but also abroad working with our international partners."


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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