Sex Crimes Squad
The aim of the Squad
- Investigate sex crimes that are protracted, complex, serial and serious in nature.
- Identify crime trends, and develop Operational Strategies, Programs and Policies.
- Maintain the Child Protection Register in accordance with Legislative and Policy requirements.
- Provide consultancy in local investigations if necessary.
The Squad includes:
The Child Exploitation Internet Unit
The Child Exploitation Internet Unit investigates the sexual exploitation of children, which is facilitated through the use of the internet and telecommunication systems.
The Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU):
- Maintains professional networks with other State, National and International Law Enforcement bodies and external agencies involved in the investigation of computer facilitated sexual exploitation of children.
The CEIU also provides a Help Desk service.
- Conducts both proactive and reactive investigations to identify persons utilising the internet to groom and procure children for sexual exploitation
- Conducts investigations into the production, dissemination and possession of images of child sexual exploitation (child pornography) facilitated by the internet and telecommunication systems.
- Coordinates the NSW Police response to matters relating to child sexual exploitation referred from external law enforcement agencies.
- Provides assistance, specialist advice and technical support to State Crime Command and Local Area Commands relating to the investigation of child sexual exploitation facilitated by the internet or telecommunication systems.
- Assists with community awareness and education on the safe use of the internet.
Contacting The Unit
The unit does not take calls directly from members of the public. Matters in the first instance should be directed through your local police station or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. Email: email@example.com
NSW Police Force Child Wellbeing Unit
The Child Wellbeing Unit for NSWPF commenced on Sunday 24 January 2010. Police, along with Education, Health, and Human Services, have established Child Wellbeing Units to support frontline workers to help children who are in need but not at risk of significant harm. A total of 100 staff have been appointed to run the four units.
The role of the Police Child Wellbeing Unit is to help police officers identify whether a child is at risk of significant harm and therefore has to be referred to Community Services. If a child does not meet this new threshold, the Unit will help officers link the child and family to services and help from other government and community based agencies.
The new system is about sharing responsibility for keeping children safe across government agencies and the community so that more children and families get the support they need before they reach crisis point. Over 60 per cent of these reports are made by government agencies with over 30 per cent from Police alone, mainly due to domestic violence.
These reforms are part of’ Keep Them Safe,’ the Government's plan to reform the NSW child protection system following recommendations made by James Wood in his 2008 inquiry into the system.
The Police Child Wellbeing Unit is staffed by Child Wellbeing Assessment Officers. They have backgrounds and qualifications in child protection and include officers with UK child protection experience and qualified social workers. They will be supervised by team leaders with recent operational backgrounds who are experienced in domestic violence supervision and child protection.
The CWU is an internal service to NSWPF employees who are reporting children who do not meet the new risk of significant harm threshold.
For all urgent matters regarding a child at imminent risk of significant harm please phone the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 or 000.
Social Networking Sites and Police Advice
Sending Images over the Phone
Parents - Learn From Your Children
- Tell your parents
- Tell your school
- Tell your site
- Tell the police if it escalates to threats of violence
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is child pornography?
A. The Child Exploitation Internet Unit along with other Law Enforcement Agencies and organisations dealing with the protection of children both within Australia and overseas do not generally refer to this type of material as child pornography. They refer to this material as child sexual exploitation material. It is material that contains images of real children being sexually exploited at the point the image or movie is produced, they are crime scene pictures and should be considered in this fashion.
The definition of child pornography is contained within the NSW Crimes Act Section 91H (1).
The Commonwealth legislation also has a definition of child pornography for use with any Commonwealth offences. Please click on the link for this definition: Definition of Child Pornography - Commonwealth.
Q. What is the current NSW legislation concerning child pornography?
A. It is an offence to produce, disseminate or possess child pornography. These offences are detailed in the NSW Crimes Act Section 91H. For the purpose of this Act a child is someone who is under 16 years of age.
Q. What about child pornography over the Internet?
For the purpose of these offences a child is someone who is under the age of 18 years.
Q. I have just received an email containing either child pornographic material or links to child pornography websites (often Spam Emails) on my computer. What should I do?
A. Do not open any attachments associated with the email or click on any links. It should be reported in the first instance to the Australian Communications & Media Authority [ACMA].
To access the ACMA website click on the following link: http://www.acma.gov.au
Q. What is 'online procuring and grooming'?
A. Online Procuring is where an adult contacts a child online (usually via the Internet or mobile telephone) and by the words and actions during this contact encourage, entice, recruit or induce the child to engage in sexual activity. Online Grooming is conducted in a similar fashion and is often a preliminary step to procuring, where the adult through the words and actions attempt to lower the child's inhibitions regarding sexual activity or heighten their curiosity by sending pornographic material or talking about sexual matters.
Q. How does 'online procuring and grooming' work?
A. The online contact usually occurs in on line chat rooms and/ or social networking sites. Adults with an established sexual interest in children will frequently go to chat rooms that are known to be popular with children (e.g. Yahoo & MSN). They will generally attempt to keep up to date with all the latest fashions in clothes, music and sport so they can either pass themselves off as another child or as an adult who is in tune with children's interests. The adult might identify a younger, more naive or vulnerable child in a chat room, and they will make them the focus of their attention. They will have the child believe that they are their 'special friend'.
The initial contact may quickly move from an open, public or semi-public chat room, to a private chat room, then onto email, web cam, to SMS text messaging via mobile phones, instant messaging, and then to direct voice contact via a fixed or mobile phone, or even by voice over the internet. Eventually the adult may try to organise a face-to-face meeting with the child.
Online 'groomers' often use child pornography or other pornography to 'groom' the child, it is shown to lower the child's inhibitions concerning sexual activity and to generate conversation regarding such activity.
Q. What do I do if my child is being procured or groomed by someone over the internet?
A. Call your local police as soon as possible and report the matter to them. Do not delete or remove anything from the computer or mobile telephone.