Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around online abuse
Published case reviews highlight that the internet can present extra challenges for those working to protect children from abuse.
The internet provides benefits and risks to young people. For example, children can be exposed to harmful and/or upsetting online content.
Social networking sites allow abusers to contact and groom children without the knowledge of their parents, carers or professionals. Young people may be coerced into sharing sexual images of themselves and these images may be shared more widely without consent. 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