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The Digital World & Sexual Offending: Policing, Cooperation & Victimisation

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START DATE 23 June 2016
START TIME 09:00am

Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH

END DATE 23 June 2016
END TIME 06:30pm

ISEC Project Conference to feature research, speakers and discussions about ways to tackle online childhood sexual abuse.

For the past two years, an international team led by Middlesex University has been drawing together the evidence base on online offender and victim behaviours, including online grooming; photographic and video collections of explicit sexual material; and the identification of policing and industry best practice in preventing these crimes.

This Middlesex University-led research project (Principal Investigator Professor Julia Davidson) has above all aimed to promote cooperation between law enforcement and industry in developing and disseminating good practice models in the area of online childhood sexual abuse (CSA). Through collaboration this will ultimately assist practitioners and professionals in developing effective prevention techniques of online childhood sexual victimisation; early detection and deterrence of these crimes; and promoting evidence-based and valid research in the area.

The one-day conference aims to bring both experts and the research team together for a presentation of the findings and illustrations of the models developed over the duration of the investigation.

Two research-led panels will take centre-stage, focusing on the country-specific findings of research with police and young victims respectively. In addition, we will have a professional expert panel discussing the difficulties facing society on these issues, from the perspective of law enforcement, industry and the third sector, with confirmed representatives from the NSPCC, Europol and Twitter on hand to provide their expertise and debate the difficulties in ‘getting the issues right’.

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Keynote Speakers

Cathal Delaney, Head of FP Twins, Europol Cyber Crime Centre - European challenges in policing and partnership in online CSA

John Carr, OBE - Challenging Industry and Keeping Young people safe online


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