UAE to host VGT’s conference on combating online child sexual abuse

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi will play host to the Virtual Global Taskforce’s fifth biennial international conference on 11 -13 December 2012 which aims at combating online child sexual abuse. The conference, titled International Collaboration: An Enabler for Prevention, will examine the motivating factors behind paedophile activity and attributes associated to their victims.

By focusing on child sexual abuse victims and offenders and maximising global partnerships, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to challenge ideas and explore technological solutions.

Delegates will be encouraged to explore new methods to prevent online child sexual exploitation and through the VGT strategic partnerships with non-government organisations, industry and -private sectors influence change.

VGT Chair Neil Gaughan said that one of the VGT’s most effective strategies against internet-facilitated child sexual abuse is cooperation. Fittingly, the theme of the conference is “International Collaboration: An Enabler for Prevention.” “No single agency can deal with this crime in isolation. We continually work together with our partners to ensure the safety and security of children, regardless of where they live. This international conference provides an opportunity for all of us to learn, understand, and develop collaborative response strategies that highlight child protection,” said Mr Gaughan.

With only four months until the conference, registrations are filling up quickly. CGT calls on interesting participants who would like to hear from experts from countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates and to have your voice heard, to register before 15 September 2012 and receive the early bird discount.

The conference will harness unique international networking opportunity with experts specialising in child protection. Delegates can also expect an opportunity to discover and explore new technology-enabled crime methodologies, issues and challenges. The conference will also expose delegates to high-calibre speakers and thought-provoking strategies being developed by global law enforcement.

Issues covered during the VGT Conference include: The dynamics of online victimisation and victim narratives as an enabler for prevention, The risks associated to child sexual exploitation investigations and the importance of establishing protocols for viewing imagery evidence, The importance of behavioural analysis in child sex offence investigations, Understanding the legislative framework and where it needs to be enacted, An overview of the technology child sex offenders are using and what future technology is required to combat the threat, and The benefit of blocking websites versus shutting them down.

Mandatory reporting and why it is successful, The importance of collaboration in combating this crime type and The VGT footprint and its global engagement strategy will also come under discussion.

Major Nasser Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the UAE Higher Committee for Child Protection, Ministry of Interior, and UAE Representative at VGT, said the UAE, as a host, had made significant arrangements to match the high international profile of the event.

The UAE, he said, would use the international platform to present its national exemplary projects and initiatives on child protection and welfare.

He said HH Lt.General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior had spared no effort to establish the UAE as a model for other countries in terms of child protection and safety.

The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) seeks to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies, non government organisations and industry to help protect children from online child abuse.

The objectives of the VGT are: – to make the internet a safer place – to identify, locate and help children at risk – to hold perpetrators appropriately to account WAM/TF