New guidelines for first responding officers in child sexual abuse cases


Europol announces new guidelines included in a toolkit for law enforcers on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse  

Europol has announced the launch of a new set of training guidelines to equip first-responding law officers with the necessary knowledge of handling delicate situations in child sexual abuse cases.

According to a report from Friday, November 18, there has been exponential growth in online child sexual exploitation and abuse material. This has become a challenge for EU law enforcement agencies, due to which, law officers need to be equipped with the necessary skills and training to swiftly act in the best interests of the child.  

The new set of guidelines have been the result of a collaboration between Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group in the framework of the GRACE project. The report said, GRACE (Global Response Against Child Exploitation) is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that intends to provide enhanced analytical and investigative skills to European law enforcement authorities.  

The report also adds, the guidelines are written in such a manner that they cover the uniform standards for the officers to utilize in their everyday job. It provides them with important details on how to respond, if they come across a child who they suspect is being sexually abused. The guidelines can also assist an officer in situations that take place at a victim’s home or school, often hidden from the eyes of the public, the report adds.  

Europol is one of the 22 organisations across 14 countries in Europe that have come together to deliver GRACE 

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