The following information can be used as a checklist for how to make a report to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation.
1. Collect evidence
When making a report, it is helpful to collect evidence before the content is removed to show police exactly what happened. This includes:
- Interactions including chat, photos or videos by taking screenshots or photos. Where possible, record social media details (including account or profile usernames), webpage addresses (URLs), dates and times and any other information you have about the suspect.
It’s important to capture this information before blocking or deleting the user or you may lose important evidence.
Block the user and consider changing your account information, including your password.
If you are unsure how to block, check the platforms ‘help’ section.
Online incidents that don’t require a police response can be reported to the platform where the issue occurred. Most platforms have a ‘help’ section that explains how to report or make a complaint.