If you are accessing this site from Australia, there are a number of organisations who can help locally.
For Australian law enforcement, visit the Australian Federal Police (AFP) website.
The AFP also manages the Australian ThinkUKnow website, which provides further information, interactive training and advice for parents, carers, teachers and young people.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is a statutory authority within the federal government portfolio of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
The ACMA is responsible for the regulation of:
- the internet
- radio communications
The ACMA operates a Hotline for the investigation of complaints about online child sexual abuse material and other potentially illegal or prohibited content under an online content co-regulatory scheme established by Australian legislation. The ACMA is a long time member of the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE). Through the INHOPE referral protocols and established relationships with law enforcement, the ACMA actively contributes to the removal of online child sexual abuse material from around the world.
Cybersmart, an ACMA initiative, provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world. Cybersmart also offers training and resources for schools and materials for library staff.
Stay Smart Online is an initiative of the Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy. Stay Smart Online is a cyber security website providing information for Australian internet users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.
The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is an organisation which aims to prevent child abuse and neglect and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every Australian child.
If you are accessing this site from Canada, there are a number of organisations who can help locally.
Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organisation dedicated to the personal safety of all children.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is part of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. The goal is to reduce child victimisation by providing programs and services to Canadians.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is responsible for operating Canada’s national tip-line.
Kids Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA) educates children, parents, and others about internet safety, particularly in the area of online child sexual exploitation. KINSA is also an advocate for victims of internet-based child sexual exploitation.
For Canadian law enforcement, visit the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre as part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police website.
If you are accessing this site from Italy, there are a number of organisations who can help locally.
For Italian law enforcement, visit the Italian Postal and Police Communication Service.
If you are accessing this site from New Zealand, there are a number of organisations who can help locally.
For New Zealand law enforcement, visit the New Zealand Police website.
NetSafe is an independent non-profit organisation that promotes confident, safe, and responsible use of cyberspace.
NetSafe has developed ‘the orb‘ to offer all New Zealanders a simple and secure way to report online incidents which may break NZ law or breach legislation.
The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs serves and connects people, communities and government to build a safe, prosperous and respected nation.
Republic of Korea
If you are accessing this site from Republic of Korea, there are a number of organisations who can help locally.
For Republic of Korea law enforcement, visit the Korean National Police Agency website (www.police.go.kr), as well as the Cyber Terror Response website (www.ctrc.go.kr).
If you are accessing this site from Switzerland, there are a number of organisations who can help locally.
For Swiss law enforcement, visit the Cybercrime Coordination Unit Switzerland website.
Action Innocence is a non-governmental organisation that focuses on preserving the dignity and integrity of children on the Internet.
As a national foundation, “Kinderschutz Schweiz” is active in all parts of Switzerland and ensures that the children of society grow up with dignity, their rights are respected and their integrity is protected.
The Swiss Crime Prevention organization (SCP) is committed to raising prevention awareness throughout society as a whole.
In November 2010, the Swiss Foundation for the Protection of Children launched the campaign “Stop Child Sex Tourism.” Together with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the Federal Office of Police and various important players of the tourism industry, the aim of the campaign is to enhance the protection of children in holiday destinations. Similar campaigns have also been launched in Germany and Austria. The site’s online reporting form allows users to report suspected cases of child sex tourism and is a central element of the campaign.
United Arab Emirates
If you are accessing this site from the UAE, there are a number of organisations who can help locally.
For UAE law enforcement, visit the Ministry of Interior, United Arab Emirates.
If you are accessing this site from the UK, there are a number of organisations who can help locally. CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), part of the UK’s National Crime Agency , run the Thinkuknow education programme. The Thinkuknow website provides helpful information and advice to young people, their parents and carers and professionals about child sexual exploitation and abuse online and offline.
If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online, or if you’re an adult and are worried about a child, you can report to CEOP via their safety centre. This service is available in the UK only. Members of the public from other countries should contact their local police.
ChildLine is a free and confidential advice and support service for young people in the UK.
Follow CEOP on Twitter @CEOPUK
UK- National Crime Agency CEOP
(Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Command
The following link provides a link through to YouTube for the Thinkuknow resource ‘Lee and Kim’. This resource, aimed at younger children, delivers age-appropriate awareness raising messaging about chatting with strangers online and what a child should do if they are worried. It is appropriate for sharing internationally given the general non-country specific guidance.
If you are accessing this site from the US, there are a number of organizations who can help locally.
For US law enforcement, visit the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Operation Predator website.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children®, established in 1984, is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC operates a number of programs to help response, education, and prevention including a 24-hour call center, the CyberTipline, NetSmartz, and other.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program was created to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in the US by enhancing their investigative response to technology facilitated crimes against children.
Further advice and support for young people can be found on NetSmartz.
Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency. As such it acts as an information and criminal intelligence hub for the national law enforcement authorities in the 28 EU Member States, and as a coordination platform for joint operations.
Europol’s main objective is to support and assist Member States in their efforts to prevent and combat organised crime, terrorism and other forms of serious crime.
The European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), officially established in January 2013 as one of Europol’s operational centres, provides operational, analytical and strategic support to EU law enforcement in combatting cybercrime: committed by organised groups to generate large criminal profits such as online fraud; causing serious harm to the victim such as online child sexual exploitation; affecting critical infrastructure and information systems in the EU, including cyber-attacks. This includes support for large-scale, multi-national operations with international partners, leveraging and streamlining existing capacities through Europol’s existing infrastructure and law enforcement network with EU and non-EU law enforcement agencies, industry, the financial sector, and academia.
As a form of cybercrime, child sexual exploitation is one of the nine EMPACT priorities, Europol’s priority crime areas, under the 2013-2017 EU Policy Cycle. Europol’s EC3 supports the competent authorities in the EU Member States in preventing and detecting all forms of criminality associated with the sexual exploitation of children. It provides assistance and expertise in combatting the distribution of child abuse material through all kinds of online environments, and tackles all forms of criminal online behaviour against children, such as grooming, self-generated indecent material, sexual extortion, and live distant child abuse. Its focus is also on identifying victims and putting an end to ongoing exploitation, by enabling the initiation of care measures.
Interpol exists to help create a safer world. Its aim is to provide a unique range of essential services for the law enforcement community to optimise the international effort to combat crime.
Insafe is a European network of Awareness Centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.
Cybersafety is dedicated to keeping kids safe in a wired world. It provides information, resources and helpful links for parents, teachers and children.
Save the Children is a leading independent organisation creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
SIP-BENCH 2: Benchmarking of parental control tools for the online protection of children is a study is to help parents to choose the most appropriate parental control tool that best fits their needs. This will be done by means of an expert assessment of products, tools and services that allow users to control children’s access to inappropriate content online.
- Our Public Awareness and Prevention Guides provide information that can help all digital users protect themselves online.
- Our Industry Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse Material page provides a list of available contact points within the European Union for voluntary use by service and content providers within the internet industry only.
- Our Report Illegal Content on the Internet page contains a collection of available European Union reporting websites, for illegal content including online sexual abuse material, online grooming and hate speech.
- Read the Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessments (IOCTA) 2016, a law enforcement-centric threat assessment focused on cyber attacks, child sexual exploitation online and payment fraud.
- Check out our Child Sexual Exploitation page, detailing the European Cybercrime Centre’s work within the field of CSE.
- The Virtual Global Taskforce Child Sexual Exploitation Environmental Scan looks into some of the challenges that law enforcement face when tackling online child sexual exploitation.
- Follow us on Twitter at @EC3Europol, where we share our and our stakeholders’ prevention and awareness materials on cybercrime-related topics, including child sexual exploitation.