Experts gather on Gold Coast to discuss crackdown on child abuse networks

The world’s finest investigators, policy makers and researchers have gathered on the Gold Coast for a three-day conference focused on protecting children from harmful child abuse networks.

The Queensland Police Service’s Youth, Technology and Virtual Communities Conference kicks off at Bond University today, with 440 national and international experts in law enforcement, prosecution, psychology, child advocacy and protection service gathering for the all-important discussions.

The conference will be opened by Police Minister Mark Ryan, with the conference set to highlight how collaboration, commitment and perseverance at an international level can help bring down child abuse networks.


“This conference brings together those who go to extraordinary lengths to prevent children from harm and those with a vested interest in hunting down the individuals and networks who commit these appalling crimes,” Minister Ryan said.

Representatives from government and non-government agencies, educators, the legal community and victim advocacy groups will also be in attendance for three days of lectures, presentations and information sharing sessions.

“The conference also provides in-depth insight and case study evaluation to law enforcement officers in dedicated workshops,” Minister Ryan said.

“This goes beyond just showcasing the highlights or a ‘how-to’ solve these crimes and looks at the work by psychologists, criminologists and profilers to understand the motivations behind these crimes.”

Minister Ryan said the thought of seeking out a ‘why’ to these crimes is something “we cannot even think to comprehend” but says he’s “forever grateful we have people who spend their life dedicated to this mission.”