I wanted to draw to your attention to a pan Wales campaign named Operation Net Safe, led by South Wales Police (SWP) in partnership with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF), which aims to stop the creation, viewing and sharing online of Indecent Images of Children (IIOC). It will officially launch the second week of November and be an on-going campaign . I have set out below some of the planned activity and key messages for your information. Given this is a very public campaign which hopefully will result in increased referrals, early support for potential offenders and questions being raised in various settings such as schools, colleges and youth clubs etc I thought it would be helpful for you to be aware that this will be happening.
There is a comprehensive range of communication planned by SWP and LFF with the aim of getting pre-arrest and potential offender audiences to get help. Some of the communications objectives are to raise awareness across Wales of the hidden problem of IIOC offending; to deter un-arrested offenders and potential offenders and direct them to help; to deter arrested offenders from further offending behaviour and direct them to help and to encourage family and friends to take action if they have concerns about someone’s online sexual behaviour.
There will be key messages focused around:
· Viewing and sharing sexual images of people under 18 is more common than we would like to think
· Viewing or sharing sexual images of anyone under 18 is against the law – and harmful to children in the pictures
· Viewing sexual images of children and young people compounds the harm they have already suffered
· People viewing or sharing sexual images of anyone under 18 need to stop and help is available
· The consequences of not stopping are severe – people arrested risk losing their jobs, family, friends and access to their children
· If you have concerns about the online sexual behaviour of someone you know – do not ignore them. Take some form of action. Help for you and your loved one is available
· IIOC offending is hard to recognise and accept – but you cannot afford to ignore your concerns
· Call to action: Call the Stop it Now! Helpline on 0808 1000 900, or visit: http://get-help.stopitnow.org.uk/
Currently being finalised are promotional items such as leaflets and wash room posters which support the campaign message and provide information to take steps. There are also a series of films which will be used in online promotional activity through social media. The videos can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/stopitnowukireland
To help raise awareness if you or anyone within your networks feel that you would like to link any activity you are doing (perhaps over safeguarding week 14 November) into this campaign and would like further information could you contact DI Paul Davies who is the Regional Coordinator for Child Sexual Exploitation on firstname.lastname@example.org.