Child Dignity in the Digital World
World Congress
Rome, 2017

Children and adolescents make up over a quarter of the more than 3.2 billion Internet users worldwide. This generation of over 800 million young users is in danger of becoming victims of sextortion, sexting, cyberbullying and harassment.

This global problem calls for a global solution. We need an open and thorough discussion to build awareness, and to mobilize action for a better protection of minors online.

‘Child Dignity in the Digital World’ is the first world congress of its kind that brings together key stakeholders and international leaders from all relevant areas.

This pioneering congress hosted by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome sets a milestone in the international fight against digital sexual child abuse.

The invitation-only congress brings together distinguished academic experts, business leaders, leaders of civil society, high-level politicians and religious representatives from across the globe. This provides a historic opportunity to set the global agenda for the fight against online sexual child abuse and for child protection in the digital world.

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Fund to End Violence Against Children
Global Alliance, 2016

The WePROTECT Global Alliance brings together, for the first time, both the political will and the resources to end the sexual exploitation of children online.  It is working in partnership with the new Fund to End Violence Against Children to deliver a global program of capacity and capability, with an initial donation of £40m from the UK government.  The Fund will be hosted by UNICEF and the WePROTECT Global Alliance Board will be responsible for advising how to prioritize its activities for maximum impact.

The Board and the UK government are working with the Fund to seek further donors to support this critical work and identify interventions that can make a real difference to the lives of children worldwide.  For further information, and to find out how to make a bid to the Fund, visit

To find out more about how the Fund to End Violence Against Children will work with WePROTECT Global Alliance, and the difference the UK and UNICEF have already made on this issue, see our strategy here.




The summit’s purpose was to reflect the world’s confidence in its efforts in the field of child protection, and enhance the international community’s cooperation in the development of necessary plans and programs for this issue, expressing hope that the summit would achieve aspirations to unify global efforts for childhood care and protection.

More than 50 countries participated in the summit, in hopes to unify their efforts to discuss the development of mechanisms for joint action to ensure the identification and protection of victims, and prevent the misuse of the Internet as a means of exploitation of children.


WeProtect Summit
London, 2014

The UK Prime Minister hosted the #WePROTECT Global Summit in December, 2014. The summit gathered countries, leading technology companies and civil society organizations in London to galvanize action to tackle online child sexual exploitation. Alongside a raft of measures and technical innovations to tackle those who use the Internet to view and share indecent images, the Prime Minister announced that the UK will work with UNICEF to develop a new global Child Protection Fund and that the UK would be making a £50 million contribution to the fund, over five years.

Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency, spoke about the need for law enforcement, the civil society and industry to work together to minimise risk to children and maximise risk to offenders. Joanna Shields, the Prime Minister’s Digital Adviser, spoke about the importance of the technology industry using its talents, skills and capacity for innovation to tackle online child exploitation and she delivered a report on milestones by industry partners over the course of 2014.

Attendees also heard from executives from Microsoft, Google, EY and Visa, who set out their work as part of #WePROTECT and pledged to continue with the development of the concepts that had emerged from May’s workshop, including blocking the viewing of illegal material at the browser level, internet interaction risk scoring, a victim identification tool and a system for children to report self generated indecent images.