Exploring policing and industry practice in the prevention of online child sexual abuse

Davidson, Julia, Schimmenti, Adriano, Caretti, Vincenzo, Puccia, Angelo, Corbari, Elisa, Bogaerts, Stefan, Schilder, Janneke D., Scally, Mia ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7301-4142, Bifulco, Antonia ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8316-9706 and DeMarco, Jeffrey ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7160-2100 (2019) Exploring policing and industry practice in the prevention of online child sexual abuse. In: Child Sexual Abuse: Forensic Issues in Evidence, Impact, and Management. Bryce, India and Petherick, Wayne, eds. Academic Press / Elsevier, pp. 657-678. pbk-ISBN 9780128194348, e-ISBN 9780128194355. [Book Section] (doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-819434-8.00030-1)


This chapter considers child online protection in the context of a study funded by the European Commission which explored industry and policing practice in the prevention and investigation of online child sexual abuse cases. The research was conducted in four EU countries (United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands) and employed a mixed-methods approach including stakeholder interviews; industry case studies; national police surveys in three countries; and a national youth victimisation survey in three countries. The findings suggest that the scale of online child sexual abuse continues to grow and that the police are ill-equipped to respond; front line police officers are the first to respond first but are not trained to do so, and finally, those officers who have received specialist training are more likely to respond appropriately and to feel confident in working on such cases. There are pockets of good practice but there is a need to foster more centralised collaborative procedures between industry and law enforcement, both at national and international levels.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 29706
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Depositing User: Mia Scally
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 16:17
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 10:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/29706

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