131: Case Studies of Men’s Perceptions of Their Online Sexual Interactions with Young People: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Dr Juliane Kloess (University of Birmingham), Dr Michael Larkin (Aston University), Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (University of Bath), and Professor Anthony R. Beech (University of Birmingham) (April 2018)

A summary of the results of a qualitative study examining offender’s experiences of illegal interactions with young people via Internet communication platforms which progressed to physical meetings. Two interviews were conducted with offenders who met the selection criteria of having committed (a) an offence of sexual grooming under Section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Home Office, 2003), or (b) any other offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 that included sexual grooming. The two participants were males in their 30s and 40s. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).

124: Offence Processes of Online Sexual Grooming and Abuse of Children Via Internet Communication Platforms

Dr Juliane Kloess (University of Birmingham), Dr Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (University of Bath), and Professor Anthony R. Beech (University of Birmingham) (July 2017)

A summary of the results of a qualitative study examining the context in which sexual grooming occurs as part of sexually exploitative interactions with young people online. A five case series, comprising 29 transcripts of 22 interactions, were analysed using thematic analysis. These were identified and selected by the police forces involved based on meeting the criteria of the offender having committed (a) an offence of sexual grooming under Section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Home Office, 2003), or (b) any other offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 that included sexual grooming. 

99: ISEC Project Illegal Use of the Internet Project — National Police Surveys

Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS), Middlesex University (Nov 2016) 

A summary of the results of an online questionnaire study conducted by the ISEC Project to examine police perceptions, practice and training related to online child sexual abuse. The sample consisted of 1401 police officers from three countries (United Kingdom: N = 679, Netherlands: N = 97 and Italy: N = 602). The majority of the sample indicated that their rank was a police constable (N= 455; 33%) or detective constable (N= 193, 14%). Seventy-one per cent of the sample were male, with an overall mean age of 43 years and an average length of service (across roles) of 18.98 years.  

88: ISEC Illegal Use of the Internet Project — Stakeholder Consultation

Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, Middlesex University (November 2015)
A summary of the results of a small scale stakeholder consultation study conducted as part of the ISEC Illegal Use of the Internet Project. Eleven stakeholders were recruited across policing, industry, government, third sector and academia throughout England and Wales. Semi-structured interviews probing elements of the investigative and legal parameters of online CSE were conducted and a number of key issues identified. 

63: Victims' Voices: The impact of online grooming and sexual abuse

University of Birmingham and CEOP (March 2014) 
An overview of the results of a small scale qualitative study conducted in the UK with the victims of online grooming and sexual abuse (N = 8).

39: Understanding Children’s Online Activities: Developing Research to Enhance Police Practice

Elena Martellozzo, Middlesex University (Apr 2012) 
A summary of the results of a qualitative study conducted in 4 schools located in diverse areas of London. It included 16 focus groups with 86 young people (age 10-16), and a small sample of 5 face-to-face interviews with head teachers and teachers.

13: Policing online child sexual abuse

Elena Martellozzo, Middlesex University
A small scale ethnographic study of the police’s covert investigations on online child sexual abuse, focusing on their policing strategies and the grooming process unravelled.