Disrupting Harm ECPAT International

In the project Disrupting Harm, ECPAT International is working closely together with INTERPOL and the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti to assess the context, threat and children’s perspectives of online child sexual exploitation and abuse in 14 countries in Southeast Asia and Eastern and Southern Africa. The combined expertise of ECPAT and its project partners, as well as the number of countries involved, makes this project unique. In the second half of 2021, the three partners will launch one joint report for each of the 14 counties and two regional reports. 

The countries included in the projects are Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.


ECPAT’s role in Disrupting Harm

We will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the existing research, legislation, policy, and systems addressing online child sexual exploitation and abuse for each target country, as well as collect data in the 14 countries:

  • Up to 12 in-depth interviews with senior national duty-bearers from governments
  • Information from hot- and helplines and the Internet industry to complement INTERPOL’s threat assessment
  • Face-to-face surveys with 50 welfare staff per country to understand the scale, scope, and context of online child sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Interviews with 10 survivors of online child sexual exploitation and abuse, their parents and caregivers, and 10 justice stakeholders per country to assess access justice
  • Interviews with 40 female and 40 male survivors of online child sexual exploitation and abuse across five or six countries (depending on ethical clearance)

ECPAT members play a crucial role in collecting data

In Southeast Asia, we are partnering with: APLE Cambodia, ECPAT Indonesia, End CSEC Malaysia, ECPAT Philippines, and ECPAT Foundation Thailand.

In Africa, we collaborate with EDA in Ethiopia, KAACR in Kenya, Rede Da Criança in Mozambique, Lifeline/Childline Namibia, CUI in Rwanda, Jelly Beanz in South Africa, C-SEMA and KIWOHEDE in Tanzania, and UYDEL in Uganda.




For each country, INTERPOL will collect data from law enforcement agencies, NGOs and the Internet industry to measure the scope and nature of the problem. INTERPOL will also conduct a needs analysis of the capacity of law enforcement agencies to counter online child sexual exploitation and abuse.



UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti’s role

UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti will conduct nationally-representative household surveys with around 1,000 children and 1,000 of their parents or caregivers in the 14 partner countries. The purpose is to hear directly from children and parents about children’s online experiences.


ECPAT gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided for this project by the Fund to End Violence Against Children.


ECPAT - resources

Disrupting Harm Brief – English
Disrupting Harm Brief – Bahasa Indonesia
Disrupting Harm Brief – Khmer
Disrupting Harm Brief – Portuguese 
Disrupting Harm Brief – Thai
Disrupting Harm Brief – Vietnamese 
Disrupting Harm Work Plan 

Disrupting Harm: New project to research online child sexual exploitation in 14 countries