Bridging the gap between theory and practice – Internet Governance Forum, Paris 2018

WePROTECT’s Model National Response (MNR) blueprint in action

Posted in: Child Sexual Abuse , Uncategorised

The WePROTECT Global Alliance launched a new booklet exploring working examples of its Model National Response (MNR) at the 2018 Internet Governance Forum in Paris. The MNR is a blueprint for national action against online child sexual exploitation which identifies the capabilities required to deliver an effective and coordinated response to this unprecedented threat to children. The booklet was developed in partnership with the Fund to End Violence Against Children and UNICEF.

Originally launched at the Abu-Dhabi Summit in 2015, the Model National Response provides countries with a theoretical framework for action, outlining six key capabilities: Policy and Governance, Criminal Justice, Victim, Societal, Industry, Media and Communications.

This new booklet bridges the gap between theory and practice by cataloguing valuable examples from countries and organisations currently working to end child sexual exploitation.

“Online child sexual exploitation is borderless, and so we must deliver a borderless response. No one country or organisation can solve this issue alone; we must act together, and we must act now.”

Ernie Allen

Chair, WePROTECT Global Alliance Board

The need for the MNR blueprint, and a nuanced, global understanding of its application, has never been greater. Online child sexual exploitation is growing faster than the response of any individual country or organisation. We need solutions and strategies now, and we need to be able to scale and harmonise these approaches across borders quickly. The practical experiences captured by the booklet are an invaluable asset for those already engaged in this crucial issue, and those considering brand new initiatives.

Download the full report and visit WePROTECT and the Fund to End Violence Against Children for more on the global initiative to defeat the scourge of online abuse.

HDF sits on the steering committee of the Fund to End Violence Against Children and has worked closely with WePROTECT and the UK Home Office to launch two global calls for proposals focusing on ending online child sexual exploitation and abuse. To date, HDF and UK Home Office funding has led to a of $24 million being awarded to 31 projects in 20 countries.