The UK Government is seeking to regulate intermediaries of child abuse services after a claim was made in a child abuse investigation by a man who claimed to have been abused as a child by a former partner.
The Government’s proposal is to require intermediaries to have a child protection policy which would cover complaints made by people who believe their own experiences of child sexual abuse have been covered up or ignored.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the Government was examining the report.
Theresa May has already signed an executive order in relation to child protection and child abuse.
It is the latest in a series of steps by her government to address the issue.
It includes plans to regulate online intermediaries such as Uber, where the company has been accused of failing to take reasonable measures to protect children from abusive online behaviour.
Earlier this year, the Government announced it would introduce legislation to allow parents to have legal representation in dealing with their children’s abusive online activity.
The move has been criticised by charities and others who say it risks making it easier for parents to sue for the harm they say they have suffered.
There are concerns that the new rules could allow the government to circumvent the legal protections parents have against abusive online conduct.
It is not the first time the UK has introduced a regulation on intermediary services.
Last year, regulators in the United States and in other parts of Europe began to look into the issue after a similar report was made about a number of websites offering child abuse material.