Britain's online child protection chief quits in protest at merger proposals
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 05/10/2010 21:00
The head of Britain's online child protection agency has quit over government plans which would curtail the body's independence.
Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Centre, offered his resignation over the proposed assimilation of the agency into a new National Crime Agency.
Head of online child protection quits
The former policeman in charge of combating online child abuse resigned yesterday after a dispute with the home secretary over moves to subsume the agency he led into a new National Crime Agency.
Jim Gamble, the chief executive of the £11m-a-year Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), sent a letter of resignation to Theresa May, the home secretary, after warning her plans to merge his unit with the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the UK Border Agency would undermine attempts to keep children safe from paedophiles and other abusers on the internet.
Online child protection chief Jim Gamble resigns
The chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has resigned in a row over its future, the BBC has learned.
The Home Office confirmed Theresa May had accepted Jim Gamble's resignation.
Mr Gamble said he did not believe the decision to assimilate Ceop into the National Crime Agency was in the best interests of children and young people.