A child protection tool developed by University of Liverpool psychologists , in collaboration with Kent Police , has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education (THE) award for research project of the year.
The team, also in partnership with the National Crime Agency’s child exploitation and online protection centre ( CEOP ), developed two highly innovative online child protection tools, KIRAT and Fighting International Internet Paedophilia (FIIP) that are helping law enforcement agencies in the UK and across Europe safeguard children and identify offenders and those at risk of offences.
Excellence in law enforcement
The tools enable law enforcement agencies to quickly, easily, and reliably identify, from the available intelligence, individuals who are most at risk of committing child sexual offences, allowing police to take action to protect children.
KIRAT has already received the ’Excellence in law enforcement research’ award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Both KIRAT and FIIP have informed two recent UK police operations (Notarise and Hera) which have led to nearly 1,000 arrests and over 700 children safeguarded or protected.
Professor Laurence Alison , Director of the Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology within the Forensic Psychology Group, said: "This nomination recognises the strength of our partnerships and the supportive research environment that we provide.
"It is a privilege to have worked with law enforcement agencies to develop such vital tools for detection and prevention of these crimes. I look forward to developing further collaborative projects in the future."
The winners of the THE awards will be announced on Thursday, 26 November 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.