At the Five Country Ministerial Digital Industry Roundtable on 30 July 2019 in London, the Five Country Ministers agreed “tackling [the online child sexual abuse] epidemic requires an immediate upscaling of the global response to ensure that all children across the globe are protected…and that there is no safe space online for offenders to operate.”
As a result, the Five Countries developed the Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, in consultation with six leading technology companies and a broad range of other experts from industry, civil society and academia.
The Voluntary Principles cover issues ranging from combating child sexual abuse material, online grooming and livestreaming of child sexual abuse to protecting victims, and industry transparency and reporting. They are designed to be flexible for all companies, regardless of their size or platform format, to implement, and provide a strong message for companies to address the scale and nature of the online child sexual abuse facilitated by their platforms.
The Five Country governments have partnered with the WePROTECT Global Alliance - an international body comprising government, industry and civil society members - to promote the Principles globally and drive collective industry action. The WePROTECT Global Alliance will also connect subject matter experts to share best practices, and analyse the evolving threat environment to identify gaps in the global response. Five Country governments will work closely with the WePROTECT Global Alliance to ensure the Principles remain fit for purpose for emerging trends and threats.
Relevant companies, non-government organisations and global experts are encouraged to endorse or support the Voluntary Principles. If you would like to discuss you or your company getting involved, email WePROTECTGlobalAlliance@homeoffice.gov.uk.