The voices of children and young adult survivors continue to be missing from the dialogue
Why is this needed?
Despite some recent global attention on child sexual exploitation and abuse online, children and young adults with these experiences continue to be missing voices from the dialogue. Many children remain unidentified by law enforcement and support services and do not disclose their experiences at all. Of those who do, rarely are their views sought on how to improve prevention and response services.
Although important efforts have been made by some survivor activists and organisations working with survivors, there remain limited opportunities for survivor participation and to exchange views and experiences, promote solidarity, and develop a collective force for change. We want to change that.
Creating trauma-informed safe and ethically appropriate spaces for consulting survivors must be prioritised and these insights translated into strategy, policy and action by policymakers, service providers and law enforcement.
Our Participation Model
The internet could be safer for children if:
Reporting mechanisms are visible, clear and simple.
Support services for child sexual exploitation and abuse online are available and accessible to everyone, including psychological support.
Age-appropriate information and awareness campaigns are available for children, about cybercrimes, how to report them and how to ask for support.
There are widespread training opportunities for frontline support workers.
What is being done in this area?
We undertook a global mapping to understand where and how children and survivors are involved in participatory initiatives related to tackling online-facilitated child sexual abuse and closely related issues.
This research conducted with Praesidio Safeguarding aims to hear the perspectives of children and young people on ‘self-generated material, and create awareness about this issue and its impact on children’s online experiences.
- The sexual exploitation and abuse of deaf and disabled children online Child & survivor participation
- Impact of COVID-19 on child sexual exploitation and abuse online Society & culture
- Timeline International collaboration
- One of the most critical child protection issues of this century – looking back and looking ahead Society & culture
- Online safety - real world impact International collaboration
- Self-generated sexual content involving young people demands understanding and nuance Research & insights
Child & survivor participation discussions in our Portal
You must be a logged-in member of the Portal to view more and join in the full discussions.
Discussing input from victims and survivors to inform response and support services, campaigns and strategies.
You must be logged in to create new discussions.