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Understanding and Managing the Occupational Health Impacts on Investigators of Internet Child Exploitation

Wortley, R; Smallbone, S; Powell, M; Cassematis, P; (2014) Understanding and Managing the Occupational Health Impacts on Investigators of Internet Child Exploitation. Griffith University & Deakin University: Brisbane, Australia. Green open access

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Abstract

An empirical research project was carried out involving Internet child exploitation (ICE) investigators from all nine Australian police jurisdictions. The aim of the research was to examine the physical, social and psychological impacts of ICE investigation in order to inform the development of prevention and best practice guidelines. The research comprised two studies. The first study involved an online survey of 188 current, former and incoming ICE investigators and a comparison sample of 106 non-ICE police. The survey comprised a wide-ranging set of existing scales and items written specifically for this study. The second study involved a sub-sample of 32 current and former ICE investigators who agreed to take part in a semi-structured, anonymous telephone interview. Despite the disturbing nature of their role, most ICE investigators are coping well. To the extent that investigators find their role to be stressful, some of the causes of this stress relate to generic workplace issues. To the extent that exposure to ICE contributes to workplace stress, the effects do not seem to be accumulative, that is, they are not a function of the extent of exposure to ICE material. There is, however, no universal ICE investigator experience. In particular, there is a small number of investigators who experience clinically-significant adverse reactions to their exposure to ICE material.

Type: Report
Title: Understanding and Managing the Occupational Health Impacts on Investigators of Internet Child Exploitation
ISBN-13: 9781922216380
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file...
Language: English
Keywords: Internet child exploitation, Police PTS, Internet investigators, Police stress
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1447785
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