Final Report Available on Website
Please visit our 'Findings and Reports' Section for a copy of the final report
Highlights from the ISEC Literature review now available!
Please visit our 'Findings and Reports' Section for an executive summary highlighting key points from the project literature review. The document is concise and easy to read, presenting both established and emerging themes and concepts across the various areas under investigation. Do get in touch if you would like further information on the methodology or the finished document.
Middlesex represents ISEC Team in Porto
Professor Julia Davidson and Dr. Jeffrey DeMarco traveled to Porto to present preliminary findings from both the Police Survey and Victim Survey at the European Society of Criminology's 15th Annual conference. Along with their CATS colleague, Dr. Elena Martellozzo, the panel focused on the digital dangers of the internet. All research was well-received by a diverse audience with new networks and connections from government, academia and the third sector created.
Annual Report now available
A progress report outlining the first year of our ISEC Illegal Use of the Internet Study is now available online. Please check 'Findings and Reports' for the latest entry.
Project Team convenes in Italy
The ISEC Illegal Use of the Internet project team met in Italy May 6-8 in order to discuss, develop strategy and move the project forward into our victimisation study. Co-investigator and host Professor Adriano Schimmenti organised a conference surrounding sexual abuse online, in which different perspective of digital childhood exploitation were examined, from the victim to law enforcement, victim support to offenders.
Presentations can now be found under 'Findings and Reports--ENNA CONFERENCE 08.05.2015'. For any further details, please feel free to contact Jeffrey DeMarco at email@example.com.
ISEC EU Police Survey--UK Sample
The Coffey Inquiry--Realities of Childhood Sexual Exploitation in Greater Manchester
Many will have seen the damning report emerging from the office of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner published by Ann Coffey MP regarding the sexual exploitation of children. Essentially, it is argued that law enforcement is missing the key indicators and signs of vulnerability in child populations and potential grooming. The Middlesex team is going to make contact with the the MP's office and attempt to discuss some of the research we are undertaking.
Challenges in policing the distribution of online childhood indecent images
The blog linked below is an interesting perspective by a member of our own Advisory Group and the Executive Board of UKCCIS. In light of recent statements made by police forces, tackling the quantity and use of childhood indecent images online is proving an extremely difficult task.
In summary, more needs to be done across the Criminal Justice System with the community, political infrastructure and third sector in preventing and intervening in this area.
Kore University of Enna expanding their team
Our Italian partners at Kore University are progressing well with the investigation into online childhood sexual abuse and computer mediated crimes against children, with a scoping exercise already completed. They are currently looking at expanding their research team, with a new researcher imminently set to join their ranks. We look forward to collaborating further with their dynamic team as always.
Suggested National Approach to Safeguarding and protecting Children
The Office of the Children's Commissioner has recently circulated a document to political stakeholders involving a national strategy and approach in the protection and safeguarding of children.
The report highlights the importance local children's services and law enforcement to focus on a childrens' rights-based approach in dealing with issues surrounding the neglect, abuse and harm done to our children.
Central elements to achieving good practice is clear accountability of responsibility and provisions; good governance; and the appropriate resources in order to achieve best practice. This needs to be administered holistically across the lives of children to ensure prevention, intervention and when necessary, recovery.
For the full document, please see our reports section.
Partner and Advisory Group Meeting October 9th -- London
Our multidisciplinary team will be converging in the academic hub of London when we meet next thursday, the 9th of October in Bloomsbury. Set in the historic Senate House, colleagues from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands will be attending what is sure to be an invigorating, innovative and challenging session.
At the forefront of discussion will be strategy for the construction of a massive survey to be administered across the partner countries to law enforcement officials; how the administrative and collection process will differ between legal jurisdictions (and what this means for the research!); and plans for analysis and dissemination. In addition, the methodological trajectory the future of the project will take is sure to be a highlight.
In the afternoon, we will be hosting our advisory group panel in order to present our research intentions. The panel includes a range of leading experts across industry, law enforcement, government and the third sector. These individuals will be invaluable in ensuring that our project meets critical aims and objectives currently set out by their respective fields and of the highest quality of research outputs possible.
Identifying Children's Risk Taking Behaviour Online: Implications for Research, Informed Safeguarding, Policy and Practice
The Middlesex team will be taking part in the UK Council for Child Internet Safety Evidence Group (UKCCIS EG) Expert Seminar Series!
The event will be held on 30th September 2014 at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in Central London (Victoria), from 1000-1630.
The seminar will include an overview of the latest research in this area and will draw upon the experience of practitioners from health, social policy, criminal justice and social work who adopt an evidence informed approach in their work.
Speakers will include: Professor Sonia Livingstone, LSE; Dr Ethel Quayle, Edinburgh University, Dr Richard Graham, Tavistock Institute and a representative from the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
Please watch this space for evidence and information emerging from the special event as well as live tweets from our @EU_onlinesafety.