Telefono Azzurro: Breaking the silence
- Telefono Azzurro, Italian hotline
On 5 May 2018, the Italian National Day against Pedophilia and Child Pornography*, SOS Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus (one of two internet hotlines operating in the country, and member of INHOPE, the international association of internet hotlines) organised a conference titled "Sexual abuse and pedophilia: Knowing the phenomenon to break the silence". Discussions focused on the importance of multi-disciplinary and multi-level collaboration between different players.
- Address the problem of child sexual abuse starting from a multi-disciplinary perspective that will allow the implementation of multilevel interventions.
- Design educational and innovative prevention programmes for children and their families.
- Provide specialised training to professionals working in the field of education, childhood and adolescence.
- Establish minimum quality standards for professionals and operators who are in contact with children and adolescents.
- Apply adequate child protection policies.
- Develop intervention and treatment pathways for victims and offenders based on scientific evidence, by sharing best practices with proven efficacy.
- Mobilise all stakeholders, including children and adolescents, in the fight against abuse.
- Involve children and adolescents in the design of dedicated programmes and always listen to their inputs.
- Dyżurnet.pl, the Polish hotline
In 2017, the Dyżurnet.pl team (the hotline component of the Polish Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) analysed 13,962 reports. Of these, 2,459 have been classified as child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and 1,339 relate to the publication of illegal images of minors in a sexual context (child sexual exploitation material). These are the largest number of material reported so far. From the reports received, experts from Dyżurnet.pl confirmed CSAM in 2,184 cases.
Professor Ernesto Caffo appointed as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
SOS Il Telefono Azzurro, the helpline and hotline component of the Italian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), is delighted to announce that its President, Professor Ernesto Caffo, has been appointed as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, that was reconstituted by Pope Francis.