Partnering to keep children safe

Preventing online harm to children

In June our CEO, Lesley Podesta, was privileged to be a guest at the US Family Law Conference in Washington DC with Commander Lesa Gale from the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Together they spoke of the online exploitation of children. The presentation also covered the new Australian Child Online Exploitation Centre, as well as the proven success and benefits of our eSmart, Digital Licence and Connect programs.

The relationship between the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the AFP is designed to reinforce awareness and education within the community through our joint work, sharing a strong and respectful partnership to prevent online harm to children.

While in Washington, Lesley visited the National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) with representatives from the AFP. There they saw first-hand how the Centre works with law enforcement, using new technology and child-centred strategies to investigate causes of child exploitation or harm.

NCMEC is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimisation. Since 1984, NCMEC has served as a national resource centre for families, victims, private organisations, law enforcement and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children.

Lesley and Lesa also visited the Baltimore Child Abuse Centre which provides resources and training on the prevention of online abuse and exploitation of children.

We are proud of the ground-breaking efforts being made by Australia to keep children safe online (the Office of the eSafety Commissioner is a world first) and the unique partnership between a children’s charity and law enforcement to build awareness, skills and knowledge.

We look forward to continuing our unique partnership to ensure we keep children safe from violence.

For further information about the work being done in Australia, visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner at

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