Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Cybercrime Awareness Clinic

Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
Cybercrime Advice Clinic: Research and advice regarding cyberthreats

Research and advice regarding cyberthreats

The Cybercrime Awareness Clinic is a two-year project by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, commencing April 2017. The project will fill a gap in the current approach to dealing with cybercrime by creating an innovative research and collaboration space, which will directly involve community stakeholders and the public in mapping cyberthreats and providing tailored advice for different community groups in need of such advice.

The project is supported by Hampshire Constabulary, building upon the already successful collaboration between the University of Portsmouth and the Hampshire Constabulary High Tech Crime Unit.

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Advice on reporting cybercrime and other useful links

Project Aims and Objectives

The Cybercrime Awareness Clinic is a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary project which aims to develop a more holistic, bottom-up understanding of the risks and needs of the public, increasing awareness and resilience against cybercrime for vulnerable local residents and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Portsmouth and throughout Hampshire. The project will:

  • design, pilot and produce an implementation plan for a cybercrime awareness clinic that will benefit the local community and in particular groups vulnerable to cybercrime such as secondary school children, older people and SMEs;
  • respond to the need to enhance our multi-stakeholder response to cyberthreats by becoming a forum for multi-stakeholder collaboration;
  • uncover and map hidden crime to facilitate the police service’s understanding of the associated risks and types of victimisation within the community, enabling them to develop more appropriate and timely responses;
  • provide a transferable model for the implementation of cybercrime awareness clinics in other parts of the country;
  • educate key local stakeholders including the police, schools and businesses, through cyber-awareness seminars and workshops;
  • increase hands-on practical opportunities for students in the community by identifying related placements and linking those to graduate studies in cybercrime at the University of Portsmouth.


Vasileios Karagiannopoulos (Clinic Director)

Vasileios is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Cybercrime in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. He is Chair of the ICJS Ethics Committee and Alternate Vice-Chair for the FHSS Ethics Committee and will be the course leader for the upcoming new BSc in Criminology and Cybercrime, to be launched in September 2018. His research interests include information technology law and regulation, human rights, regulation theory, critical criminology, internet politics and political protest, intellectual property law and penology.

Lisa Sugiura (Clinic Deputy Director)

Lisa is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Cybercrime in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. She is a FHSS Ethics Committee member and course leader for Postgraduate Distance Learning. Her research interest include cybercrime, pharmaceuticals, drugs markets, substance misuse, online research methods and online ethics.

Annie Kirby (Clinic Research Associate)

Annie is a Research Associate in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. She has worked for Dorset Police and Hampshire Constabulary as well as for national policing units including ACPO, ACRO, the NPCC and NPAS. Her research interests include cybercrime, information management in the police service and the international exchange of criminal records.

Collaborations and Networks

Advice on reporting cybercrime and links

Reporting Cybercrime

If you or someone you know has been a victim of cybercrime, you can report it to one of the organisations below:

Online Fraud 

Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre. You can use this site to report fraud and cybercrime, online scams and viruses.

Online exploitation of children and young people

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) – part of the National Crime Agency. You can use this site to report if you are a child or young person and something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. You can also report to CEOP if you are an adult who is concerned that a child is being sexually abused or groomed online.

Internet Watch Foundation – for reporting (anonymously if you wish) images and videos of child sexual abuse

Online Radicalisation

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – if you are concerned that a person is being radicalised online, you can report it to your local Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), the details of which can be found on your local authority website.

The MASH contact details for Hampshire are:

  • Portsmouth - 02392 680810
  • Southampton - 02380 833003
  • Isle of Wight - 01983 814980
  • For referrals elsewhere in Hampshire - 0300 551386

Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) – if you see any content online related to terrorism you can use this site to report it anonymously

Internet Hate Crime

TrueVision – provides information about internet hate crime including advice on how to report it. You can also report internet hate crime to the police via this site.

Contacting the Police

In addition to the above reporting mechanisms, you may also wish to contact your local police force by ringing the non-emergency number 101.

Always dial 999 in an emergency e.g. if a crime is happening now, or if you or someone else is in immediate danger. (Follow this link for more advice about when to dial 999.)

Other Useful Links

Children and Young People

CEOP Thinkuknow – Aims to keep children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Provides access to practical information for children, young people, their parent and carers and professionals who work with them. Has information and advice if something has happened to a child or young person online.

Childline – a free, private and confidential service for children under 19 to chat about any issue that concerns them, including cyberbullying or other online concerns​.

Childnet International –working with children and young people, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, to develop advice and resources to help children stay safe online.

Childnet International –working with children and young people, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, to develop advice and resources to help children stay safe online.

Disrespect NoBody – UK government campaign that aims to help young people understand what a healthy relationship is. Includes advice on sexting.

Family Lives– charity providing advice for children and parents about online safety, including how to deal with cyberbullying.

#GoFISH – Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Youth Commission cyber safety campaign

Internet Matters – provides information for parents and teachers to help keep children safe online by encouraging them to behave safely online, identify potential risks, limit the risks they face and know what to do and where to go if they need help.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) – a child protection charity that provides advice for children and parents about a variety of issues including sexting and cyberbullying.

The Mix – a support service for young people including advice about online radicalisation and revenge porn.

UK Safer Internet Centre – promotes the safe and responsible use of technology for young people by providing advice and support to children and young people, parents, carers, schools and professionals as well as coordinating Safer Internet Day.

Older People

Age UK – charity supporting older people, including advice about staying safe online

Think Jessica – charity raising awareness of the dangers posed to the vulnerable and older people by scams including cybercrime. They produce literature, DVDs and other material designed to inform and forewarn potential victims and their relatives.


All Rise – an anti-cyberbullying organisation which delivers education programmes and presentations to young people and adults and presentations on cyberabuse and how to address it.

BBC Webwise BBC webpage with advice and examples for staying safe online.

CyberAware – UK government campaign aiming to promote simple, secure online behaviours to help individuals and business protect themselves from cybercrime.​

Friends Against Scams – a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, aiming to prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams.” It provides information about scams and those who fall victim to them and encourages communities and organisations to understand, talk about and cascade messages about scams throughout their communities to aid prevention and protection.

Let’s Talk About It – an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

National Cyber Security Centre – part of GCHQ to protect the UK’s critical services from cyberattacks, manage major incidents and improve internet security, including the provision of practical guidance on cybersecurity.

Revenge Porn Helpline – helpline for adults who have been victims of image based sexual abuse.

Take Five – national awareness campaign aiming to raise awareness of fraud (including cybercrime) be encouraging people to take 5 minutes to stop and think about whether a situation, such as being asked for your password, is genuine.


CyberAware – UK government campaign aiming to promote simple, secure online behaviours to help individuals and business protect themselves from cybercrime.​

National Cybersecurity Centre:

Responsible for Information – for SMEs’ – a free UK government training resource aimed at micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to help employees understand information security and the associated risks, and how to minimise the risks.