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This is a written response by the Children’s Commissioner to Ofcom’s consultation, Guidance for service providers publishing pornographic content, on the draft guidance for service providers publishing pornographic content under the Online Safety Act 2023.

The Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, has a statutory independent role to protect and promote the rights of children in England and for children around the United Kingdom on issues reserved for the UK Parliament, such as online safety. The Online Safety Act requires Ofcom to consult the Children’s Commissioner when creating or amending codes of practice.

Ensuring that children are able to grow up safely online has been a key priority of the Children’s Commissioner’s work. Her next priority in the implementation of the Online Safety Act is ensuring that the views, experiences, and interests of children are reflected in the forthcoming children’s code.