Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around online abuse
Published case reviews highlight that the internet poses risks to children and presents extra challenges for those working to protect them from abuse.
Social networking sites allow abusers to contact and groom children without the knowledge of their parents or professionals. Young people can display risky behaviour online, for example by sharing sexual images of themselves or others (sexting). They may also be exposed to harmful content. Perpetrators of child sexual abuse and exploitation can form online communities and share child sexual abuse images online.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need the skills to raise awareness about online safety and encourage children and young people to talk about what they do online and who they communicate with.
Published: June 2019