Published case reviews highlight that the online world presents a growing number of challenges for those working to protect children and young people from harm and abuse. For example, children may be exposed to harmful content online, or be subjected to online grooming, sexual abuse and exploitation.
This briefing looks at case reviews published between 2015 and 2022, where online harm or abuse was a key factor.
Please cite as: NSPCC (2022) Online harm and abuse: learning from case reviews. London: NSPCC.
Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews conducted when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. Each briefing focuses on a different topic or learning for specific sectors, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
We work with local safeguarding partners to ensure that learning from case reviews can be accessed and shared at a local, regional and national level.
Find out how you can apply the lessons from case reviews and improve your practice to help protect children and young people.
Browse through our list of child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews which were added to the National case review repository between 2019 and 2023.
This insight briefing focuses on experiences of pornography and content promoting or glorifying eating disorders, self-harm and suicide.
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Learn about the risks children and young people face online, the policies and procedures you need, what the law says and what steps you need to take to help keep them safe.