Annual conference

PIER organises an annual international conference which brings together leading figures from government, police, the third sector, academia, and industry to discuss new approaches to the investigation of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA).

The 2023 PIER conference, titled Tackling online harms - A whole system response, takes place online and on ARU's Chelmsford campus from 23-24 May.

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Previous events held in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022, co-hosted with the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) Lead for Child Protection, were attended by over 500 delegates from across the United Kingdom.

The annual conference is our biggest event of the year. It brings together a diverse and focussed audience and present the most up-to-date and cutting-edge research and evidence in the investigation and prevention of CSA.

We bring together leading researchers from both the UK and internationally to share their knowledge and thinking with a focus on what it means for policy makers and front-line practitioners working to protect children from abuse. The online space provides opportunities for networking and interaction.