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The Children in the Pictures

A view from the coalface as detectives seek to find victims of the global pandemic of child sexual abuse material.


Impact areas






  • DIRECTOR Geoffrey Smith

  • PRODUCER Simon Nasht



The expansion of internet platforms worldwide has created an epidemic of child sexual abuse material being networked, streamed and traded online. Hundreds of thousands of children are being exploited and abused every day. Dealing with this crisis is one of the most difficult tasks in law enforcement. With unprecedented access to the global agencies fighting online child abuse, we follow their relentless efforts to rescue children at risk. This is the thin blue line fighting to save the children in the pictures.

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3.20% funded
  • $300,000.00

  • $9,600.00

  • 4

Minimum amount is $ Maximum amount is $





Crookes Family Foundation $8,000.00
Penelope & Ian Ward-Ambler $1,000.00
Edwina Floch $500.00
Anonymous $100.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The UN estimates that over 750,000 people are accessing child abuse images every second. The world of the abuse is secretive, seductive and successful. There is no platform where they do not exist. But at the heart of every image is a child- the most vulnerable members of our society. And this crime type shows no sign of slowing down. We aim to show the scale of the crime and what we all must do as a society to identify and rescue the children in the pictures.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We aim to bring a subject long kept in the dark into the light. We aim to show that this issues transcends crime and is about the way we use technology. The issues dealt with are issues that effect the growth and stability of society as the Internet spreads to more and more areas globally and carries with it ideas and behaviours that are not always beneficial.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The Children In the Pictures will carry the message of hope and promote citizen activism. Audiences will learn how we can all make a profound contribution to keeping our children safe. Our goals are to bring the issue into global mainstream consciousness; develop educational tools to reach schools, parents, victims and the families of victims and offenders; and promote community participation by providing a mechanism to enable any citizen to donate to the evolving tech that is vital in the process of identification and rescue of children.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We are working with the elite in law enforcement and NGO's in this space. We have forged a partnership with the federal police and their new national centre to gather information and launch impact campaign

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

The audience will come away feeling that there is hope in the world bey seeing those that devote their lives to the cause and will be able to assist in their own way.
We hope that parents will encourage internet hygiene in their children to lessen the threat of them becoming victims. Children themselves will learn how to identify potential threats to their safety.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

tangibles will be monitoring how the definition of the material will be changed in reporting from 'Child Porn' to "Child Abuse Material' Setting a dollar figure for money raised to maintenance of international victim ID tools. Having documentary as apart of new federal initiatives in this space.