Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around online abuse
Published case reviews highlight that the internet poses new risks to children and presents new challenges for those working to protect them from online abuse. Social networking sites allows abusers to contact and groom children without the knowledge of their parents or professionals. The internet also facilitates the establishment of online communities of abusers, and the sharing of child sexual abuse images.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need 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: March 2014