Research & statistics

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.

 

ACCCE Research Report

With the prevalence of children and young people accessing the internet, online safety is becoming an increasing concern around the world. To better understand this trend, the ACCCE commissioned market research into the current awareness, perceptions and attitudes of online child sexual exploitation in Australia.

University of Queensland Student Research

The ACCCE is proud to partner with the University of Queensland Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Honours program. Each year, two Honours students from this program work with the ACCCE to release and showcase research into online child abuse material offenders.

The research helps detail the implications and recommendations that law enforcement and Government could adopt or further investigate, and inform the prevention initiatives that the ACCCE undertakes.

ACCCE Statistics 2020

With the prevalence of children and young people accessing the internet, online safety is becoming an increasing concern around the world.

The increase in young people (including children and infants) accessing the internet has seen a corresponding upward trend in cases of online child sexual exploitation.