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All children deserve protection from online sexual abuse

We work to stop the repeated victimisation of people abused in childhood, and make the internet a safer place, by identifying & removing global online child sexual abuse imagery.

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Find out what The Internet Watch Foundation does

Our mission, to eliminate child sexual abuse images and videos online, is at the heart of everything we do.

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Our latest campaign: 'Self-generated' child sexual abuse prevention

Find out how we're working to prevent children from being sexually abused, over the internet, in their own homes.

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Membership with IWF

Join a global network of companies working to create a safer internet and protect children.

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The IWF in 2020

299,619 Reports assessed by our team
153,383 Reports confirmed to show child sexual abuse
16%
Increase on reports from the previous year
9923 Number of reports showing sexual abuse of children aged two and younger

See more of the data and trends from 2020 in our Annual Report

IntelliGrade: Ground-breaking new tech from IWF

IntelliGrade from IWF.

IntelliGrade, from the Internet Watch Foundation, is helping companies and law enforcement bodies to fight back against criminals who trade, store and upload images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children. 

It's is a powerful new tool that enables our analysts to accurately grade child sexual abuse images and videos, and create hashes (digital fingerprints) that are compatible with child sexual abuse laws and classifications in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Interpol Baseline standard.

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Latest news

Three-fold increase of abuse imagery of 7-10-year-olds as IWF detects more child sexual abuse material online than ever before

Three-fold increase of abuse imagery of 7-10-year-olds as IWF detects more child sexual abuse material online than ever before

The IWF is urging parents and carers to spot the dangers as a new Government-backed campaign aims to boost child safety.

13 January 2022 News
The IWF partners with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children to launch portal to report child sexual abuse material

The IWF partners with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children to launch portal to report child sexual abuse material

The IWF partners with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) to establish a joint Reporting Portal that allows anyone, anywhere to report child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

16 December 2021 News
Abuse material still circulating in ‘dark corners’ of internet as sex predator jailed

Abuse material still circulating in ‘dark corners’ of internet as sex predator jailed

IWF analysts have removed at least 1,600 URLs featuring images or videos of Abdul Elahi’s victims.

10 December 2021 News
Boost for children’s online safety as Welsh Government becomes first Government to join IWF

Boost for children’s online safety as Welsh Government becomes first Government to join IWF

Welsh language resources will help children spot the signs of online grooming and abuse.

19 November 2021 News
IWF analysts finding fifteen times more child sexual abuse content online than they were ten years ago

IWF analysts finding fifteen times more child sexual abuse content online than they were ten years ago

Expert analysts have taken action against 200,000 websites containing child sexual abuse material this year – a record amount for the charity.

12 November 2021 News
New IWF Member aims to 'help find innovative solutions' to the spread of online child sexual abuse material

New IWF Member aims to 'help find innovative solutions' to the spread of online child sexual abuse material

'Many of the security challenges that concern us all are too big for any single organization to handle alone' say F-Secure.

12 November 2021 News