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.


9am-9.20am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator, Ian Stevenson, CEO Cyan Forensics and Ruth Edmunds, Regional Account Manager EMEA, UK, Scandinavia and Middle East, Magnet Forensics

9.20am-10.10am: The current threat landscape in the UK and the policing response, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, QPM, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) lead for child protection

10.10am-10.50am: Current technology and future innovations with a vision to speed up investigations and identify first generation material, James Traynor, Senior Product Manager, Home Office Child Abuse Image Database (CAID)

10.50am-11am: Questions

11am-11.20am: Break

11.20am-11.40am: An overview of the role of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command and an assessment of the current threat picture, Tony Cook, Head of Operations, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP)

11.40am-12.20pm: Operation Heruli: the investigation into David Wilson, who admitted 96 child offences, Matt Hall, Senior Investigating Officer, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP)


12.20pm-12.30pm: Questions

12.30pm-1.10pm: Introducing 'Cyan Mobile Triage'. Applying Cyan Forensics' rapid digital triage technology to iOS and Android mobile devices, Graham Little, Head of Business Development and Bruce Wilson, Sales Executive, Cyan Forensics

1.10pm-1.40pm: Lunch

1.40pm-2.20pm: An overview of the current global threat landscape and the international response to CSAE exploitation, Chloe Setter, Head of Policy, We PROTECT Global Alliance

2.20pm-3pm: Latest innovation in identifying, assessing, reporting, and removing illegal CSA imagery, Chris Hughes, Hotline Director, Internet Watch Foundation

3pm-3.10pm: Questions

3.10pm-4pm: Officer Wellness, addressing the issue of exposure to IIoC, Rhys Tooby, Solution Consultant, Magnet Forensics

4pm-4.10pm: Questions

4.10pm-4.40pm: Challenges, and best practice around CSAE from the perspective of the Dubai Police, Dr Hossam Elshenraki, Associate Professor Dubai Police Academy

4.40pm: Day one closes.


9.10am-9.20am: Welcome and introduction Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

9.20am-10.10am: Managing the online space in relation to sex work and adult services websites, Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), and NPCC Working Group, Det Supt Nick Skipworth 

10.10am-11am: The work of the UCOL network and updates on legislation and sentencing, National Undercover Online Operative (UCOL) CSE Capability Manager, DCI Phil Attwood

11am-11.10am: Questions

11.10am-11.30am: Break

11.30am-12.10pm: Current challenges and opportunities are investigating CSAE crimes on the Dark Web, Daniel Cleaves, Manager, National Covert Internet Targeting Team (NCIT), National Crime Agency

12.10pm-12.20pm: Questions

12.20pm-12.40pm: Getting the most out of Cyan Forensics tools on the front line: an operational perspective, Graham Little, Head of Business Development and Alan McConnell, Forensics Advisor, Cyan Forensics

12.40pm-1.10pm: Lunch

1.10pm-1.50pm: Understanding Increasing use of Mobile Devices to commit CSAE offending and help for investigators to identify offenders through Mobile Device Usage, Tom Farrell, QPM, CSAE investigator, Norfolk and Suffolk Police, and advisor to Home Office

1.50pm-2.30pm: Current work around mapping the research and innovation landscape for online CSAE, Dr Sam Lundrigan, Associate Professor and Dr Natalie Mann, Senior Research Fellow, Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, Anglia Ruskin University

2.30pm-2.40pm: Questions

2.40pm-3.20pm: AI for Safer Children project, The United Nations Centre of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, speaker tbc,

3.20pm-4.10pm: Launch of new two-week investigator’s course and online tool to provide support to investigators and further learning and understanding. DI Tony Oakes, Tactical Policy Advisor for Online, Metropolitan Police, CSAE investigations, Central Specialist Crime

4.10pm: Conference closes


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 Policing 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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