Child abuse arrest impact research on agenda at PIER21 conference

Two leading University of Huddersfield academics are to present about their research into the impact on family members when someone is arrested for accessing indecent images of children (IIOC), at an important conference on the subject at the end of June.

Professor Rachel Armitage and Dr Nadia Wager will speak on 30 June at PIER21, the second day of the online event. It will be hosted by The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, Anglia Ruskin University and Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the outgoing NSPCC Lead for Child Protection.

PIER21 will bring together leading researchers to present the most up-to-date research and evidence in the investigation and prevention of online child sexual exploitation (CSA) with an important focus on implications for improving collective response in investigation and also prevention through education, intervention and awareness.

Professor Armitage works closely with many agencies exploring the impact of secondary victimisation of CSA and is an expert in crime prevention within the built environment, having established the Secure Societies Institute in 2014.

Dr Wager is Centre Director of the award-winning None in Three Research Centre (Ni3), the University’s world leading unit that takes its name from the statistic that 1 in 3 women worldwide will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. Ni3’s mission is to make this 0 in 3. Professor Armitage and Dr Wager’s research will be published in a report in July.

Bookings for PIER21 are being taken, with a cost of £85 for both days or a one-day option of £50. Groups of over four can be accommodated by emailing

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