The Investigator is hosting a two-day virtual conference to provide current best practice and latest thinking around the prevention, detection and investigation of online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Offences.

Aimed at operational investigators working in this extremely challenging but important area, the conference features an expert line-up of speakers who will share their knowledge and experience.

Our event will also provide a vital forum for networking and debate as well as acknowledge the status and professionalism of investigators working in CSA/E roles and the contribution they make to protecting vulnerable victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Current threat

The conference comes at a time, when the scale and nature of the threat in relation to online CSA/E offences cannot be underestimated. The National Crime Agency said in its 2020 Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment that in the year ending September 2019, in the UK there were over 5,400 arrests and 7,600 children safeguarded or protected in relation to online CSA.

A recent INTERPOL assessment report on online CSA/E found that COVID-19 had led to increased activity on child sexual exploitation and abuse forums on both the dark and surface webs. Additionally, sex offenders with the technical expertise to administrate forums had had more time to create new ones.

Innovative response

As a result of this growing threat, police, wider law enforcement and other agencies have stepped up their response and are seeing positive results with innovation at an all-time high.

Our conference will highlight this good work and help inform and inspire practitioners and enhance and develop both existing and new skills.

Speaker line-up and topics for debate

National Police Chief’s Council, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) lead for child protection, an update on the current threat landscape in the UK and the policing response.

Home Office, James Traynor, CAID Senior Product Manager, current technology and future innovations with a vision to speed up investigations and identify first generation material. 

We PROTECT Global Alliance, Chloe Setter, Head of Policy, an overview of the current global threat landscape and the international response to CSAE exploitation.

Internet Watch Foundation, Chris Hughes, Hotline Director, latest innovation in identifying, assessing, reporting, and removing illegal CSA imagery.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) National Crime Agency, Tony Cook, Head of Operations, an overview of the role of CEOP NCA and an assessment of the current threat picture.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) National Crime Agency, Matt Hall, the SIO in Operation Heruli, the investigation into David Wilson, who admitted 96 child offences, outlines lessons learned from this challenging investigation.

National Crime Agency, National Covert Internet Targeting Team (NCIT) |CSAE Intelligence Collection, Daniel Cleaves, Manager, investigating CSAE crimes on the dark web, current challenges, and opportunities.


Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), and NPCC Working Group, Det Supt Nick Skipworth, managing the online space in relation to sex work and adult services websites.

National Undercover Online Operative (UCOL) CSE Capability Manager, DCI Jonathan Best, the work of the UCOL network and updates on legislation and sentencing.

Metropolitan Police, CSAE investigations, Central Specialist Crime, DI Tony Oakes, Tactical Policy Advisor for Online, launch of new two-week investigator’s course and online tool to provide support to investigators and further learning and understanding.

Home Office: Tom Farrell, CSAE investigator, Suffolk Police, and advisor to Home Office, ongoing work to help investigators obtain evidence from mobile devices.

Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, Dr Samantha Lundrigan, Associate Professor and Dr Natalie Mann, Senior Research Fellow, Angela Ruskin University, current work around mapping the research and innovation landscape for online CSAE.


Technology latest: Cyan Forensics: Graham Little from Cyan Forensics, latest update on latest Innovation for rapid detection and scanning of mobile devices to detect indecent or harmful digital content.

International guest: Dr Hossam Elshenraki, Associate Professor Dubai Police Academy, challenges, and best practice around CSAE from the perspective of the Dubai Police.


Cost: £299.49 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency rate). Industry rate: £449.99 + VAT (GBP)

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information.  If you require 5 or more delegates from the same organisation please contact us for a group discount quote. Industry delegates will be assessed on a case by case basis due to the nature of the content. Under no circumstances will a delegate be able to register using a free webmail address (ie: Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL etc).

Payment can be made by PayPal/debit/credit card (corporate card fees apply + 3%). 

The meeting link will be sent out 2 days before the event.

Important disclaimer

Please note, we respectfully ask that only delegates who have paid for a place are permitted to attend our virtual conference. If you would like to attend as a group of more than 5 delegates from the same force/organisation then please contact us for group rates.

Please refer to the College of Police Code of Ethics 2014 for guidance. Please see page 11 section 7, which states: ‘I will treat information with respect, and access or disclose it only in the proper course of my duties’

Joining the event: All delegates are required to login with the name that is assigned to their email address, anyone that logs in as a guest, anonymous or a name not on the registration list will be removed from the conference. LEA/Government delegates can supply an alternative email address after their work email address has been verified if they are working from home and using their own electronic devices.

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