International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Australia Ltd

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The fight against child sexual exploitation is in a constant state of flux. Our blog covers key issues, emerging challenges, positive steps being made, and where we can go from here, with real time updates.

May 10, 2024

Navigating Online Safety: Anna’s Insights from Recent Press Coverage in Australia

Recent press coverage and events in Australia have sparked widespread discussions about online safety, highlighting the way technology has increasingly integrated into our daily lives, particularly for children. Concerns about […]

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December 18, 2023

Embracing a Year of Change Together

Approaching the end of the year is often a time of furious activity combined with moments of reflection on the successes and challenges throughout the previous twelve months. As a […]

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November 20, 2023

A Call to Action: Understanding and Addressing Child Sexual Offending in Australian Society

A groundbreaking study confronting more uncomfortable truths surrounding child sexual abuse has just been released, titled Identifying and Understanding Child Sexual Offending Behaviour and Attitudes Among Australian Men. The study […]

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November 14, 2023

Navigating the intersection of cryptocurrency and technology-facilitated CSE

The online world is evolving at a rapid pace, and this transformation extends to payment behaviours. Banking is no longer restricted solely to traditional financial institutions. The entire consumer experience […]

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October 17, 2023

Following the financial footprint of technology-facilitated CSE

Tackling society’s most wicked problems is something that concerns many business leaders. And there are few more wicked than the online sexual exploitation of children. Offenders hide in the depths […]

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September 26, 2023

What drives us to work for change

Earlier this month, Australia recognised National Child Protection Week. It was a key reminder for us all that every child, in every community, deserves a fair go. For ICMEC Australia […]

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August 18, 2023

Advocating for the voices of victim-survivors of child sexual abuse

A child can never give consent. The sexual abuse of a child is just that – abuse. This abhorrent crime must be called what it is and we need to […]

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July 11, 2023

Why a focus on lived experience creates better ESG outcomes

Ahead of presenting at the COBA Financial Crimes Symposium on 12th July, ICMEC Australia Chair, Kara Nicholls, shares her thoughts about how ESG practices achieve better outcomes when approached from […]

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June 27, 2023

What does Generative AI mean for CSE?

It seems that we can’t turn on any device, go to any platform or view any news feed without seeing a mention of AI, specifically generative AI. Whether it’s professionals […]

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May 15, 2023

Why collaborative focus on opportunities for change is key in disrupting OSEC

As a relatively new organisation in Australia, with a passionate team bringing expertise from a variety of backgrounds, finding ways that our people can connect fully to our cause and […]

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April 25, 2023

The role of regulation in the collaborative fight against child sexual abuse

Throughout childhood in Australia, more than 1 in 3 girls and almost 1 in 4 boys experience sexual abuse. The sexual abuse of children is one of the most wicked […]

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March 28, 2023

How we can collectively change the discourse around CSE

As a community we can all play a critical role in protecting children from harm. Whether you’re a frontline law enforcement officer, a parent, teacher or just someone who is […]

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March 10, 2023

Four women who are on a mission to end the sexual exploitation of girls

It’s time we started having uncomfortable conversations about one of the fastest growing crimes that disproportionately affects girls, leaving a lasting impact on their lives. Child sexual exploitation is a […]

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February 28, 2023

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation

On Saturday, 4th March it will be the World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation. First observed in 2009, the day was designed to raise awareness about the extent […]

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January 31, 2023

Examining Australia’s current legislation protecting children from harm

Responding to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children requires active collaboration and stringent reporting and regulatory mechanisms. Australia’s current legislative landscape in relation to the financial aspect of child […]

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child online using apps on computer November 29, 2022

Online Industry Codes – Combatting Online Child Sexual Exploitation

As online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) statistics have dramatically continued to rise over recent years, the regulator response has been an important step in the protection of vulnerable children. A […]

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Five young girls smiling November 25, 2022

UNiTE! Ending violence against Women and Girls

In a world that has seen incredible leaps forward in Womens’ Rights throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries, it is disturbing to see evidence of erosion of those rights, and […]

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October 31, 2022

The numbers tell the story – eSafety Commission 21/22 Report

The eSafety Commission released their 21/22 Annual Report on 27th October 2022, and the statistics, including around the growth in sextortion are alarming. As eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant noted, […]

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September 13, 2022

4 Ways Taxonomy Helps us to Work Against Child Sexual Exploitation

  Organisations across various industries and jurisdictions are working to put an end to child sexual exploitation (CSE). At the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), we bring […]

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Photo of child with flowers August 18, 2022

The 5 big challenges financial institutions face in reporting child sexual exploitation

  A complex international industry and a lack of access to easy to apply, external information can make it hard for financial institutions to help combat child sexual exploitation (CSE). […]

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May 4, 2022

“MIND THE GAPS”: There’s quite a bit we don’t know about CSE in Australia

Paul McCarney | ICMEC Australia CEO Welcome to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (‘ICMEC’) Australia! The Centre has been working to make the world a safer place […]

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Grooming image March 1, 2022

The new “Stranger Danger”: Tactics used in the online grooming of children

Eva Veldhuizen-Ochodničanová, MSc | ICMEC Partner Most of us have been made aware of the dangers posed to children by strangers in low-brimmed hats and trench coats offering free lollipops. Many of […]

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Word Cloud Graphic January 28, 2022

Words Matter: The Importance of Using Proper Child Protection Terminology

Many of us have been told at some point “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” The way we frame something affects how people understand a concept […]

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Child's face December 13, 2021

The Growing Global Threat of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM)

Our reliance on the internet to facilitate our personal and professional lives has increased substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the same technology that provides us with opportunities for growth […]

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