It is interesting to note that the individuals and organisations contributing to this report all highlight the same issues despite the fact that they seek to tackle the problem of child sexual abuse from different points of view. Three main themes have emerged: education; further technical development; and collaboration.
It is imperative that what we know about child sexual abuse is shared across the whole of society. The public needs to have greater awareness of the problem; businesses need to understand how it affects them and how they can work to prevent the problem, by establishing firm code of conducts and incorporate child sexual abuse into their sustainable ways of doing business; and policy makers need a deeper understanding in order to write laws and regulations that are coherent and effective. It is also important that further education is delivered in areas such as health care and within the education system.
I am convinced that better education for the police could help address some of the problems they experience through a lack of resources, which Ulrika Rogland discusses in her interview. Education will not solve the resource problem as a whole, however more knowledge will produce better and more efficient strategies and enable more efficient use of existing resources. It is also important to note Maggie Brennan’s call for more research into current methods and strategies to ensure that the problem of child sexual abuse is addressed in the most effective way.
Further technical development
Further advancement in technology e.g. encryption, is one of the big challenges that we will face in the future. In fact, four out of seven of the contributors to this report, Steven Wilson, Susie Hargreaves, Mats Granryd and Mats Odell highlight the problem of encryption. Still, when we face challenges brought on by new technical developments we know that we can overcome these problems by making use of other advances in technology. Therefore, in order to stay ahead of the game we need to see effective collaborations aimed at finding and optimising technical solutions. I am convinced that the people and organisations involved in fighting child sexual abuse can work together to meet all the challenges we face.
This last theme, collaboration, is closely linked to the two points raised above, education and further technical development. Child sexual abuse and dissemination of child sexual abuse material is a global problem that requires a global response. We have to work across border and continents. However it is not enough to address this problem in geographical terms. To achieve further success we need to work across sectors, industries and organisations to ensure that we all address this issue in the right way. Volvo is a good example of a business that addresses this problem seriously and helps inform how we can make our world a better place.
A brighter future
Child sexual abuse is a distressing issue. Many focus on the fact that it is an expanding problem and that it can be difficult to keep up with new developments. This NetClean Report is an antidote to this. It brings out the important and encouraging work that is happening around the globe. It also reflects our experience at NetClean: That more people and organisations around the world are doing more to efficiently fight this crime. This gives us hope for a brighter future for children across the world.