Wednesday 18 April 2012 1.30-4.30 pm Committee Room G House of Lords

Introduction by Baroness Glenys Thornton

Panel members

John Carr OBE, Panel Chair, Government Senior Advisor on Internet Safety Susie Hargreaves, Internet Watch Foundation Zoe Hilton, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Detective Chief Superintendent Reg Hooke, Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Command Tink Palmer, Marie Collins Foundation Dr Ethel Quayle, Edinburgh University


Professor Antonia Bifulco, Kingston University Professor Vincenzo Caretti, University of Palermo Professor Julia Davidson, Kingston University Professor Thierry Pham, University of Mons-Hainaut Stephen Webster, NatCen Social Research The Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) at Kingston University and the National Centre for Social Research (NATCEN) are pleased to invite you to a presentation of the findings from the European Online Grooming Project. The study was funded by the European Commission Safer Internet Programme and was conducted by a consortium of partners from 4 EU countries*. The research aimed to: Describe the behaviour of both offenders who groom and young people who are 'groomed' and explore differences within each group and how these differences may have a bearing on offence outcome; to describe the way in which information, communication technology is used to facilitate the process of online grooming; to further the current low knowledge base about the way in which young people are selected and prepared for abuse online and to make a contribution to the development of educational awareness and preventative initiatives aimed at parents and young people. Presentations from the Research Team will be followed by an Expert Discussion Panel to consider the implications of the findings for policy and practice with offenders, child victims and for young people online.