What are they seeing?
“The vast majority of CSE offences involve the use of social media and other online applications or websites”
“The grooming of a 12-year-old female, who was encouraged to leave their local area via train, where she met up with a 21-year-old male and was sexually abused.”
“Those programmes which equip adults and carers to talk to children and young people, support them to navigate the online space and are built on developing open dialogue and trust between young people and the adults who care for them and support them.”
But they are facing barriers to tackling online harms too:
- Organisational understanding of the risks
- Keeping up with the rapid evolution of platforms
- Funding for the extra work
- Keeping ahead of the online environment
- Lack of training for staff
- Risks for staff members using platforms securely
- Digital access and inclusivity “not all volunteers and mentors have smart phones, preventing engagement”
- Barriers from social media platforms putting checks and balances in place
- Determining the skills required and embedding the prevention of online harm into everyday business.
“Managing what are typically highly complex and resource intensive online investigations, often with multiple interconnected victims and perpetrators.”