Police Professional has dedicated an article to PA Consulting’s report, A tangled web: rethinking the approach to online CSEA.
The article reports on PA’s recommendation for a multi-organisation response to child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) and the opportunity for a new ‘Online Harms Safety Centre’ (OHSC) to reach “maximum impact within the most cost-effective system”.
The article notes PA's conclusion that the “centre should be set up by the Government but run independently along similar lines to the National Cyber Security Centre and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.”
The article goes on to state that: “The report noted that sharing both national and international methodologies must continue among the Government, law enforcement and the technology industry.”
Nick Newman, defence, security and public safety expert at PA Consulting and the report author, is quoted in the article. He says: “We need to urgently address the growing threats to our children online. The threat is evolving fast and a unified, consistent and cost-effective approach is especially challenging given the collective response draws on a diverse and highly complex stakeholder landscape.
“We see the potential to create a single point of coordination that oversees the end-to-end online CSEA response across three distinct threat areas: where the physical world meets the online world; the surface web; and the dark web. Such a model would create a ‘single point of truth’ that draws upon the expertise of those across the landscape, better protecting children from online harms and building towards a positive human future.”
Andy Burrows, NSPCC associate head of child safety online, is also quoted: “The growing scale and complexity of online sexual abuse needs an effective, joined-up response. Creating an equivalent of the National Cyber Security Centre for online harms would provide a coordinated way of tackling this crime on both the surface and dark web and is a proposal that Government should strongly consider.”