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:
- Screenshots/photos of the conversation (remember to not screenshot, save, share or distribute any explicit images of the underage person as this is an offence).
- Record of social media details (including account profile, profile usernames and URL of profile).
- Webpage addresses (URLs).
- Dates and times.
- Any other information you have about the interaction or 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.
There is no information too small or insignificant. Something that may appear small or insignificant could prove vital to a police investigation. It is important to understand that the police are here to protect children from online child sexual abuse. They will not be blamed or criticised for being a victim.