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Child pornography on the Internet - Evaluating preventive measures

Project Reference Number: 
2001-097-C

Child pornography on the Internet - Evaluating preventive measures

Evaluation and recommendations on the effects of preventive measures adopted in the EU Member States in the field of child pornography on the Internet.

Comments

Given the transnational dimension of child pornography on the Internet, an effective prevention of this criminal phenomenon needs a European common approach which will permit to conduct most activities jointly in all EU Member States. This approach will allow to identify what works and what does not in the implementation of preventive measures in the EU Member States, and to develop a ‘European model of prevention’ which could be transferred to countries which have not yet adopted national plans against child pornography on the Internet.
The two-year project addressed the problem of assessing the effectiveness of the preventive measures enacted, throughout the EU, in the field of child pornography on the Internet, and of contributing to their improvement.

Five specific objectives were foreseen:
1) To map preventive measures in place in the European Union and in the EU Member States against child pornography on the Internet
2) To evaluate the effectiveness of the European Union legislation in setting preventive measures against child pornography on the Internet.
3) To evaluate the effectiveness of the preventive measures against child pornography on the Internet in place in the EU Member States.
4) To individuate best practices in the field of preventive measures against child pornography on the Internet in place in the EU Member States and to disseminate them; to individuate ways and forms to improve the effectiveness of such measures
5) To turn the findings of the evaluation into practical tools to be used by practitioners.

The main expected results of the project were a report outlining the findings of the effectiveness evaluation and a practical vade mecum addressed at the operators. These results were disseminated via a website and the organization of training seminars in various countries.

Four ‘Areas of Intervention’ were identified: detection/control measures, self-regulation measures, social and educational interventions and technological measures. In each of them the mapping of the preventive measures in place in the EU Member States against on-line child pornography was carried out, together with analysis of the gap between European standards in the field and the policies/interventions enacted in the EU Member States. This gave an overview of what individual countries are doing in preventing the circulation of child pornography on the Internet.  This was further developed through analysis and evaluation of the results, and these were then used to develop workshops for various target groups to share the results of the survey and build the capacity of actors in various areas.
An extension granted to the project meant that, at time of posting, the final report and details of some activities was not available.

Material available

Interim report