MCF's 6th International Conference: 27th October - 23rd November 2020

We are excited to announce the programme for our 6th International 'From Discovery to Recovery' conference, taking place virtually, via Zoom, for the first time.

As you would expect, this year's event will provide many opportunities to share experience, knowledge and practice with colleagues across education, academia, children's services, health, law enforcement and criminal justice, as well as government and NGO representatives responding to child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE).

The sessions will be over four weeks, between Tuesday 27th October - Monday 23rd November.

All sessions are free to attend and you can register for as many sessions as you wish.

Please note that the duration of all sessions will be 90 minutes.

The full programme is below, including session descriptions, timings, speakers, and registration links. Spaces are limited, so register today.

Further details on the speakers can be found in the Speaker Biographies.

If you encounter any problems with the registration process, please contact us on conference@mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk

Launch of Conference and Click Path to Protection

Date: Tuesday 27th October 2020

Time: 10:00 AM GMT and 3:00 PM GMT

This session will launch MCF’s annual conference, outline our strategic priorities and describe how partner organisations can work with us. We will highlight how differing multi-sector responses can combine to ensure young people feel safe again and are enabled to recover from online CSAE. We do this through our Click Path-to-Protection training model that equips professionals with the skills to intervene in online cases. A workshop will explore the challenges, considerations and interdependencies of developing the model internationally and identify collaborative opportunities to implement the model across priority countries.

Presenters: Tink Palmer (CEO MCF), Victoria Green and Daniel Laskey-Heard (MCF)

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Digital Civility. Industry’s role in responding to online grooming. Practitioner challenges in supporting recovery of victims

Date: Thursday 29th October 2020

Time: 03:00 PM GMT

This session will include an overview of the innovative online grooming detection tool developed by Microsoft in collaboration with other technology partners and Thorn. Whilst a significant technological advancement towards protecting children, speakers recognise that this tool is not a panacea and supporting recovery from online grooming remains a key challenge for practitioners. This session will also address the key challenges associated with victim impact and recovery from online grooming using case studies to explore circumstances where young people have felt complicit in the abuse.

Presenters: Jacqueline Beauchere (Microsoft) and Sharon Cooper MD (Developmental and Forensic Paediatrician)

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Indecent Images of Children – Educating older children and young adults to stay safe online

Date: Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Time: 10:00 AM GMT and 03:00 PM GMT

This session will describe a UK approach to educating teenagers and young adults to keep themselves safe online, framing it in the context of wider relationships and sex education. A workshop session will follow which will explore an education campaign led by MCF and the Internet Watch Foundation. We recognise that older teens and young adults may access online pornography to learn about sex and relationship amongst many other reasons. This campaign educates and empowers young men who may unintentionally happen across indecent images of children (IIOC) online, by raising awareness of the law around these images and the ongoing harm caused to the child featured. It stresses the importance of reporting sexual images or videos of under 18s to the UK IWF Hotline. Breakout groups will allow participants to explore if any key educational gaps exist for a particular age group within their own jurisdiction and whether a similar awareness raising campaign would work to help increase reporting of IIOC and awareness of legislation and the provision of support available to victims.

Presenters: Marie Smith (National Crime Agency), MCF, Internet Watch Foundation and UK Home Office

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The Global Protection Network (GPN) – An online resource and support platform comprising of a global community of safeguarding experts, practitioners and academics

Date: Thursday 5th November 2020

Time: 10:00 AM GMT and 03:00 PM GMT

This session will launch a new online Global Protection Network (GPN) and explain the benefits of its membership, its purpose and how to access it. It will provide part of the solution to those who have called for guidance on how to practically apply and sequence the Model National Response and describe opportunities for the platform to connect safeguarding communities across the globe. It will describe, a case study centred on Vietnam*(morning session only) before asking delegates to consider in break out groups what practical support and content they would wish to see included within the platform.

Presenters: Simon Mason (MCF), Damien Roberts (Saigon Children), Dan Mtonga (World Vision International) and Bui Duy Thanh (Childfund Australia)

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The criminalisation of children in relation to ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse material (CSAM)

Date: Tuesday 10th November 2020

Time: 03:00 PM GMT

This session will explore the growing concern that children are becoming criminalised because of how their sexual development and behaviours play out online e.g. through production of self-generated CSAM. It considers whether prevention campaigns that encourage children to seek help and ultimately report their abuse to the police is hampered by the prospect of prosecution and asks; Is this the right professional response or are authorities culpable of placing children at further risk?

Presenters: Elizabeth Letourneau (John Hopkins University), Emma Bond (University of Suffolk), Andy Phippen (Bournemouth University) and Melissa Stroebel (Thorn)

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Co-ordinating the global response to online child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE) and promoting the voice of survivors in establishing professional practice

Date: Thursday 12th November 2020

Time: 10:00 AM GMT and 03:00 PM GMT

This session will describe the work of the WePROTECT Global Alliance and its current priorities including promoting the voice of young people. A workshop will follow facilitated by MCF, which will describe their work in advocating for the role of survivors when establishing national response frameworks. It will describe its strategy for expanding the voice of the child and survivors globally and invite delegates to discuss and describe how they might contribute to that network explaining how organisations can play their part and join what will increasingly become a child and young person’s movement through the Global Protection Network (GPN) portal.

Presenters: Iain Drennan (WePROTECT Global Alliance) and Simon Mason (MCF)

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Approaches to Victim Identification and new practice dilemmas in online CSAE investigations

Date: Tuesday 17th November 2020

Time: 10:00 AM GMT and 03:00 PM GMT

This session will provide a fascinating insight into how children are identified and rescued from information available in images by UK law enforcement.

A seminar will follow which will examine the dilemma professionals face when disclosing to a child that they have been the subject of disseminated sexual imagery without their prior knowledge. We will explore how, in offering support to facilitate recovery, we can respect and preserve a victim's autonomy and 'do no harm'.

Presenters: Adam Priestley and Tony Smith (NCA) and Ethel Quayle (University of Edinburgh)

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The role of IWF and contemporary approaches to aiding victims of digital sexual violence in their recovery

Date: Thursday 19th November 2020

Time: 10:00 AM GMT and 03:00 PM GMT

This session will give an invaluable insight into the work of the UK Internet Watch Foundation and what can be done to remove images of online CSAM from the internet including how to access such support. Subsequently the seminar will explore the challenges faced in how technology impacts our communication with others, as platforms invite users towards greater self-expression. It examines if this may lead people who are already at risk to express themselves in harmful or destructive ways. This session also explores prevention as well as intervention and answers the question of why education in digital relationship skills is vital in protecting children and facilitating recovery.

Presenters: Fred Langford (IWF) and Julia von Weiler (Innocence in Danger)

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Plenary Q&A and Reflections

Date: Monday 23rd November 2020

Time: 03:00 PM GMT

A plenary Q&A session and summary of key themes discussed at conference.

Presenters: A Panel of Experts

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