2PS – New European Funded Initiative to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Coordinator:

  • Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS) – Poland.

Partners:

  • Charite Medical University – Berlin (CUB)– Germany,
  • Deep Blue SRL (DBL) – Italy,
  • German Police University (DHPol) –Germany,
  • Ianus Consuting LTD (IANUS) – Cyprus,
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NUDZ)– Czech Republic,
  • Time.Lex (TLX) – Belgium,
  • Vilnius University (VU) – Lithuania,
  • University of Bergen (UiB)– Norway,
  • Karolinska Institute (ANOVA)– Sweden,
  • Ministry of the Interior (SM) –Finland,
  • Provincial Police Headquarters in Gdansk (KWPG) – Poland,
  • Polish Police Headquarters (NHP) – Poland,
  • Protect Children (PC) – Finland,
  • Expertise Bureau Online Child Abuse (EOKM) – Netherlands,
  • Malta Police Force – Malta,
  • University Psychiatric Clinic Basel (UPKBS) – Switzerland,
  • Scottish Police Authority (Police Scotland)– United Kingdom,
  • The Nottingham Trent University (NTU) – United Kingdom,
  • Sheffield Hallam University (CENTRIC) – United Kingdom.

Description of the project:

The Protect and Prevent Through Support (2PS) is coordinated by the Polish Platform for Homeland Security – an Non-Governmental Organisation working in the Security Research Domain in Europe. For more information about 2PS’ partners, please visit the EU’s CORDIS site.

The project is a three-year prevention initiative that started in October 2022 and will run to September 2025. Throughout the 3 years, the consortium of 2PS will work on a variety of pressing topics and actions to help address the growing issues of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (CSAE), particularly in the online environment (OCSAE).

Prevention First

2PS and its partners consider all forms of CSAE as a severe concern. 2PS does not excuse or condone any form of child abuse, nor do we claim that prevention alone will ‘solve’ the issues facing societies across Europe and the world regarding the volume of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) or the increase of (CSAE) or any other related crimes putting children at risk of abuse and or exploitation.

Amongst various actions – the project will establish a central repository of services and support actions that can help to divert anyone who recognises they are having indecent thoughts towards children or engaging with materials that are a source of concern and could lead to illegal content consumption; for example, CSAM.

The project team consists of specialists spanning multiple fields of expertise – together, this consists of 20 formal partners from 14 countries. The team includes National Helplines, Universities, Outpatient Clinics, Psychologists and Sexologists, Law Enforcement, Technology partners, NGOs and Legal experts. The team strives toward positive change and we are dedicated to implement steps that can and will protect children.

The main goals of the project are:

  1. Increasing prevention actions and provide support and services to individuals at risk of engaging in illegal or risky behaviour to help prevent them from harming children or engaging with materials that are a source of concern and could lead to illegal content consumption.
  2. Establishing a central repository of services and support actions that can help to divert anyone who recognises they are having indecent thoughts towards children.
  3. Providing support to those who have not yet offended and who are willing to engage to prevent offending and victimisation and, where offending has occurred, provide support to prevent future offending and victimisation.

Project financed by the European Commission