With the exponential increase in reports of online exploitation, research is vital to inform prevention and education.
The ACCCE works in partnership with many organisations to commission and provide input into research efforts to help combat online child sexual exploitation.
To better understand the online child sexual exploitation space, the ACCCE commissioned market research into the current awareness, perceptions and attitudes of online child sexual exploitation in Australia. Released in early 2020, the research highlights that education and prevention plays a critical role to counter the ever-increasing number of child exploitation reports received each year.
In April 2019, the ACCCE formed a Research Working Group aimed to identify existing research, gaps in knowledge and opportunities for further research by coordinating research efforts at a national level to promote the prevention of and response to child exploitation. The Research Working Group includes subject matter experts from Commonwealth agencies, universities and non-government agencies. Advice of the Research Working Group complements nationally coordinated strategies to prevent the exploitation of children.