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Helping My Autistic Child Stay Safe Online

Helping My Autistic Child Stay Safe Online

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Sexual Abuse Online – Helping My Autistic Child

Parents and carers worry about online sexual harm, and what they’d do if it happened to their child. When you are caring for an autistic child, it can feel like there are lots of extra things to worry about. How we respond to an autistic child who might have been sexually harmed online can affect their recovery. So it’s important to send the right messages from the start.

The leaflet begins by explaining the sorts of risks children and young people might face online. But the leaflet also lists the various ways being online can benefit autistic children. It can be fun and freeing. Also, as online chat doesn’t involve eye contact, it can give autistic children more space to process interactions.

So rather than advising parents to prevent their children from going online, it instead offers various tips on staying safe. For example, it lists ways you can start essential conversations with autistic children to help them understand risk.

Spotting the Signs of Online Abuse

The leaflet also lists some warning signs that might suggest that something’s wrong. For example, the child might appear withdrawn, and unwilling to discuss what they do online. Or you might notice that they have new things – such as clothes, or even electronic devices – that they cannot or will not explain.

Finally, the leaflet offers advice on what to do if you suspect your child’s been harmed online. And crucially, it also contains a list of things you should never do if you think something’s wrong.

The leaflet ends with a list of additional resources, with contact details for organisations who can offer extra help.

A Much Needed Resource for Parents and Carers

ACT CEO Deborah Kitson said:

It has been a great opportunity to work with The Marie Collins Foundation on developing this much needed resource for parents and carers. Many want their children to enjoy the benefits of online activities. But there is also understandable concern about the risks. We hope this will be the first of a suite of resources to support autistic children and young people online.

Victoria Green of The Marie Collins Foundation said:

We are delighted to have worked with ACT to produce this valuable resource for parents. The resource gives parents the confidence and knowledge about how to respond if they think their child may have been harmed. It also creates a place where their child can tell them if they are worried. This is an important first step in the path to recovery.

End to End Encryption debate - 26th July 2021

End to End Encryption debate - 26th July 2021

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A discussion around end to end encryption including an initial overview of what it is, the context of the debate between privacy and the protection of children, and how we can move forward to find a solution that works for both.

The panel discussion includes presentations from:

Vic Baines, Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University where her research interests include online safety policy, the future of cybercrime and security rhetoric. Vic starts the discussion with an explanation of end to end encryption, and an overview of the current issues within the debate.

Mallory Knodel, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology spoke about the challenges of any changes made to E2EE on a person’s privacy and free expression, and any ‘green shoots’ that may be growing for a solution that can accommodate both sides of the argument.

Hany Farid, Professor at the University of California talked about some of the current tools employed in the identification of child sexual abuse material online and whether these can be used and still maintain the integrity of E2EE. Hany gave his perspective on the possibility of consensus in the future.

At the end there is a question and answer session, where participants posed questions to the panel, to stimulate discussion and gain a better understanding of some of the complex issues around this topic and the relevance of this to child protection today.


'Speaking Truth to Power' - 17th March 2021

'Speaking Truth to Power' - 17th March 2021

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The 'Speaking Truth to Power' seminar provided a platform for six international organisations to showcase their own projects and initiatives in supporting survivors of child sexual abuse and promoting youth engagement.

The guest speakers included were as follows:

Dr. Antoinette Basson (University of South Africa)

Cristina Huddleston (Justice and Care UK)

Bernadus Steven Harageib (Office of the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia)

Kelsey Beson and Reem Al-Ameri (Children First Canada)

Sam Gaskin-Kemp and Carl Southwell (Chelsea Football Club and Foundation)

Ania Milanowska (Cayman Islands Crisis Centre)

If your organisation would like to be involved in the Call to Action at the end of the presentation involving the upcoming survivor and youth project, please contact the GPN mailbox at: gpn@mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk.


From Discovery to Recovery International Conference 2020 - delivered virtually

From Discovery to Recovery International Conference 2020 - delivered virtually

Marie Collins Foundation hosted the annual International Conference virtually this year.

Please click on View Resources below to view the materials and videos from the event which we are able to share or go to GPN platform to become a member to view this material and much more.

A description of the content of each video can be found by clicking on the title underneath the video.

MCF and NWG - Help for parents and professionals

MCF and NWG - Help for parents and professionals

The Marie Collins Foundation has joined forces with the NWG Network to produce two new help guides aimed at reducing online harm.

The Online Sexual Harm Reduction Guide is aimed at professionals; How Can I Help My Child? Is aimed at parents and carers.

Child Abuse Images and Associated Grooming Online Conference Nov 2019

Child Abuse Images and Associated Grooming Online Conference Nov 2019

Marie Collins Foundation, supported by Help For Children hosted its second conference Maidstone, Kent.

Please download the PDF resources below.

Tink Palmer

Karl Hopwood

Donald Findlater

Emma

From Discovery to Recovery, London Conference June 2019

From Discovery to Recovery, London Conference June 2019

Marie Collins Foundation, supported by BT, hosted its fifth annual conference at the BT Centre in London on June 19th and 20th 2019.

Please download the PDF resources below, and watch the videos from the event.

Day 1 MCF Master Presentation 19th June 2019

Day 2 Workshop A Guardian Saints 2019

Day 2 Workshop B Phil Mitchell 2019

Day 2 Workshop C Julia Von Weiler 2019

Day 2 Workshop D Lisa Thornhill 2019

Day 2 Workshop E Ethel Quayle 2019

Day 2 Workshop F Home Office 2019

From Discovery to Recovery, London Conference June 2018

From Discovery to Recovery, London Conference June 2018

Marie Collins Foundation, supported by BT, hosted its fourth annual conference at the BT Centre in London on June 20th-21st 2018.

From Discovery to Recovery, London Conference June 2017

From Discovery to Recovery, London Conference June 2017

Marie Collins Foundation, supported by BT, hosted its third annual conference at the BT Centre in London on June 21st 2017. These videos includes edited recordings of all our speakers from the first day.

'Recovery needs of children sexually abused online' event 28th June 2016

'Recovery needs of children sexually abused online' event 28th June 2016

On the 28th June 2016 the MCF in partnership with BT hosted its second international conference to address the recovery needs of children sexual abused online.

Marie Collins Foundation Partners