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‘Follow the money’: A collaborative approach to fighting CSE

Wednesday, 27 September, 2023 at 12:30 pm 1:30 pm AEST

Online

Hosted virtually by ICMEC Australia via Microsoft Teams.

Following the digital footprint left by the online activity of child sexual predators is key when it comes to protecting children from technology-assisted sexual abuse. But maintaining pace with the evolving tactics of offenders takes a networked approach.

Understanding how each organisation fits into the jigsaw puzzle that is child protection requires cross-industry collaboration. ICMEC Australia’s September Brown Bag event will feature Madonna King and Jon Rouse APM in an in-depth discussion on the importance of collaboration – especially between two key industries in the fight against CSE, law enforcement and financial institutions.

They will discuss the important role that financial institutions play in the response to child sexual exploitation, and how their work forms an essential part of the evidence needed to find perpetrators and, ultimately, their victims.

Understanding the perspectives and challenges faced by the different frontline defenders of children being harmed is essential in the fight against this heinous crime. Jon will share his insights from three decades of experience in law enforcement, and a deep understanding of the impact that collaboration has on bringing about better outcomes for children.

A renowned Australian journalist Madonna released her latest book Saving Our Kids during National Child Protection Week. The book tells the inside story of Taskforce Argos, a renowned Queensland Police Force investigative team dedicated to prosecuting online child sex offenders and saving children from harm. Featuring the work of many of ICMEC Australia’s staff, Madonna emphasises the important role of financial institutions in fighting CSE, and will elaborate on this in her discussion with Jon.

This “global humanitarian crisis” can’t be ignored and whether you work at a financial institution, regulator, online platform, law enforcement agency, or not-for-profit, you will gain great insights from this session.

Join us online on Wednesday 27th September at 1:00pm as Madonna and Jon engage in a meaningful conversation that will help guide your work in child protection, and ultimately to enhance the detection, reporting, prosecution, and prevention of online child sexual exploitation.

Your speakers

Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having won awards for her ABC Radio Brisbane Mornings current affairs program. She writes for publications such as Nine, The New Daily and InQld, regularly appears on ABC’s The Drum, and is the author of numerous bestselling books.

Jon Rouse APM is one of the world’s most recognised and influential figures in the fight against child sexual exploitation. He has 39 years’ law enforcement experience with QPS, 26 of those years spent leading Taskforce Argos. Jon joined the ICMEC Australia Board in December 2022 as part of his continued commitment to protecting and saving children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

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