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The Breck Foundation campaigns regularly to get online policy and laws updated to keep up with digital online issues. We also support other charities who lobby and present white papers to the Government which are in line with our beliefs.
Lorin LaFave and Barry Bednar (Breck's parents) meet with Home Secretary to lobby US Department of Justice
Breck's parents met with the then Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, and MP Chris Philp to ask them to lobby the US Department of Justice about the social media platform Snapchat.
Chloe Bednar (Breck's sister) had received distressing and threatening messages about her late brother via the app. Snapchat had refused to release information about the device and sender, despite there being an investigation by UK police into the identity of the individual.
After intensive lobbying from the Home Secretary, the US Department of Justice has ordered Snapchat to release information about the account which was used to send messages to the family.
MP Chris Philp was quoted as saying, ‘Social media firms have been routinely refusing to co-operate with UK police, hiding behind US law.'
The Breck Foundation's founder Lorin LaFave, Fiona Spargo Mabbs (The DSM Foundation) and Sacha Langton-Gilks (HeadSmartUK) deliver a letter with The PSHE Association to No.10.
The letter called on the Government to make PSHE education a statutory subject in order to improve provision and guarantee lessons for all pupils.
Department of Education research has shown that PSHE education has the potential to build pupils’ knowledge in a range of areas, including in relation to their physical and emotional health, online safety and substance misuse. The life chances of millions of pupils have been affected and countless opportunities to prevent tragedies have been missed because of the lack of statutory education in this important area. This change will come into effect in 2020 and will ensure all pupils receive the ‘life lessons’ they deserve.
The "Flaw in the Law" NSPCC Campaign - greater protection for children at risk of grooming. We openly campaigned for this change via media platforms prior to the announcement.
Up until recently it has not been illegal to send messages of a sexual nature to a child. This has made it extremely difficult for police to charge criminals suspected of grooming children.
On 19 March 2017 the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, announced that she is acting to bring in a new offence of sexual communication with a child, with adult groomers facing up to two years in prison and being automatically placed on the sex offenders register. She said:
'On 3 April 2017 we are bringing into force section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015. It will be a criminal offence for anyone aged 18 or over to intentionally communicate with a child under 16, where the person acts for a sexual purpose and the communication is sexual or intended to elicit a sexual response. The offence applies to online and offline communication, including social media,
e-mail, texts, letters, etc.'