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Event Summary

1 in 6 girls and 1 in 20 boys experience child sexual abuse by the age of 16. * The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report highlights the ‘cruelty of perpetrators’ and organised networks. In the digital era, with the impact of the pandemic and the current cost-of-living crisischildren are more vulnerable to grooming and sexual abuse than ever before.

What happens following the recommendations of the IICSA’s final report? What will be the impact of the Online Safety Bill on patterns of child sexual abuse? Join Westminster Insight’s timely, cross-cutting Tackling Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation digital conference, chaired by Ian Dean, Director of the CSA Centre. Gain insights from Alexis Jay OBE, Chair, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) as we look to  next steps following IICSA’s final report.

We will be joined by colleagues across police, schools, local authorities, and social services to discuss next steps for creating a safer future for all children. Working together as multi-agency partnerships, we will explore how to improve reporting processes and information sharing. Police representatives such as Richard Fewkes, Director of the NPCC Hydrant Programme, will discuss how to tackle child sexual exploitation and next steps for ramping up disruption tactics.

Self-generated and coercively created content among children tripled from 2020-2021.** Hear from Ofcom, the National Crime Agency, the Internet Watch Foundation and the UK Safer Internet Company as they discuss the future of the Online Safety Bill and how this will impact child sexual abuse and exploitation online. Learn how to keep children safe online, including training staff, teaching children on what to look out for and implementing new methods for disrupting perpetrators from online grooming.

Keeping victims and children safe is at the heart of the response to tackling child sexual abuse. We will explore ways to better protect children from harm and support victims through recovery. Understand why different groups of children are more likely to be targeted and how you can you provide tailored support and protection. Gain insight on how to identify and improve knowledge of victims and perpetrators in your local area.

Key Points

  • Next steps to incorporating all recommendations from the IICSA final report
  • What will be the impact of the Online Safety Bill?
  • Learning lessons: creating a safer future for all children
  • Reducing victim attrition from services through effective multi-agency partnerships
  • Identifying child sexual abuse and exploitation before disclosure and ramping up disruption tactics
  • Keeping children safe online
  • Exploring new methods for disrupting online grooming
  • Incorporating child-centred values and actively listening to victims across services
  • Exploring police responses to child sexual exploitation by organised networks