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Investigating Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation virtual CPD conference, 25 - 26 May 2022

The Investigator is hosting the second virtual conference to provide current best practice and latest thinking around the prevention, detection and investigation of online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Offences. It follows on from the success of last year’s event which brought together investigators from across the world to share best practice and debate current issues. 

Aimed at operational investigators working in this extremely challenging but important field, the conference features an expert line-up of speakers. 

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 CSAE offences in increasing. As a result of this growing threat, investigators, 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. 


Day One

9am-9.10am: Welcome and introduction, Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

9.10am-10am: The current threat landscape in the UK and the policing response, Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley, National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) lead for child protection

10am-10.50am: Current technology and future innovations with a vision to speed up investigations and identify first generation material, James Traynor MBE, Senior Product Manager and Ian Stannett, Product Manager, Home Office Child Abuse Image Database (CAID)


11am-11.30am: Break

11.20am-12.10pm: Conducing International Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Investigations: using INTERPOL Enquiry forms, circulations and Risk Assessments when conducting international Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation investigations, Michelle Howey and Philip Clewlow, Senior Officers, UK International Crime Bureau, NPCC International Crime Co-ordination Centre


12.10pm-12.50pm: Finding Child Sexual Abuse Material, a hundred times faster with Cyacomb: a user’s journey, Josh Collins, West Midlands Police

12.50pm-1.10pm: Break

1.10pm-2pm: Offender strategies and victim experiences of online child sexual abuse, Malin Joleby, Researcher, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

2pm-2.40pm: Bring CSAE investigations to the frontline with cutting-edge DFIR tools that rapidly extracts, analyses and reports on data from 1,000s of digital devices, Andy Lister, Detego Global

2.40pm-3pm: Break

3pm-3.40pm: Latest update on the global AI For Safer Children Online Project that uses artificial intelligence to prevent online child abuse and exploitation.


Irakli Beridze, Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

Sherry Torres, Law Enforcement Consultant, UNICRI, and Police Detective, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Maria Eira, Information and Technology Officer at Centre for AI and Robotics, UNICRI

Rozemarijn Jens Consultant AI for Safer Children at Centre for AI and Robotics, UNICRI

3.40pm-4.20pm:  Understanding child sex offender psychology to help support online CSAE investigations, David Shipley, investigator, Kent Police and lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University

4.20pm: Day one finishes.


Day Two

9.20am-9.30am: Welcome and introduction Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

9.30am-10.40am: Operation Makedom: The conviction of Sadistic blackmailer and paedophile Abdul Elahi who was jailed in December for 32 years after targeting nearly 2,000 people to commit online sexual offences, Robert Slater, Senior Manager, High Harm Disruption Team, Investigations CEOP North, National Crime Agency

10.40am-11.10am: Break

11.10am Noon: Launch of the Global Data Institute for Child Safety, Edinburgh University: aims and objectives and how it can help support investigations on the frontline, Paul Stanfield, Executive Director, and Debi Fry Director of Data

Noon-12.40pm: Discovering Cyacomb plug and play digital triage, Bruce Wilson Cyacomb Forensics

12.40pm-1.10pm: Break

1.10pm-2pm: The challenges of policing self-produced idecent images, Ethel Quayle CBE, Professor of Forensic Clinical Psychology, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh

2pm-2.50pm: Identification and prevention of contact child sexual abuse within indecent image of children offences, Dr Michelle McManus, Head of Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies, Liverpool John Moores University

2.50pm-3pm: Questions and final remarks

3pm: Conference finishes

Terms and conditions

NB: the price quoted is for one delegate to view the event live at the time of transmission. We do not provide copies of the recording to be viewed at a later date as our events are not open access events and we hold the copyright.  Reproduction without prior consent is strictly prohibited.



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Cost: £295.00 + VAT (GBP) per delegate (LEA and Government Agency only).

Booking: Please send the delegates name(s), email address(es) and purchase order (made out to The Investigator) to or telephone +44(0)844 660 8707 for further information. This is open to LEA, Government and public sector security contractors only.

Under no circumstances will a delegate be able to register using a free webmail address (ie: gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, AOL etc) but you can use one to login into Teams once your work email has been verified.

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

The meeting link will be sent out 7 days before the event.