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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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IWF Annual Report 2021

In 2021, we assessed a webpage every one-and-a-half minutes. Every two minutes, that webpage showed a child being sexually abused.

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IWF's 25th anniversary

Since 1996, we’ve helped to remove millions of child sexual abuse images and videos from the internet. Find out more about how we've done this and who we've worked with.

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

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The IWF in 2021

361,000 Reports assessed by our team
252,000 Reports confirmed to show child sexual abuse
21%
Increase on reports from the previous year
182000 Number of reports showing self-generated child sexual abuse material

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

IWF calls for changes to Bill to ensure it does not disrupt current mechanisms for stopping child sexual abuse on the internet

IWF calls for changes to Bill to ensure it does not disrupt current mechanisms for stopping child sexual abuse on the internet

Today (May 24), the Online Safety Bill begins its next stage as MPs begin the line-by-line scrutiny of the legislation.

24 May 2022 Blog
New European proposals show 'welcome determination to front up to criminals' abusing and exploiting children online

New European proposals show 'welcome determination to front up to criminals' abusing and exploiting children online

On May 11, the European Commission announced its new European strategy for laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse.

12 May 2022 News
Calls for focus on prevention as Europe still hosting 'horrible numbers' of child sexual abuse sites

Calls for focus on prevention as Europe still hosting 'horrible numbers' of child sexual abuse sites

The IWF was in Brussels to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the IWF and to discuss forthcoming EU legislation to tackle Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

5 May 2022 News
Europe remains ‘global hub’ for hosting of online child sexual abuse material

Europe remains ‘global hub’ for hosting of online child sexual abuse material

Despite efforts to curb the amount of child sexual abuse material hosted on the continent, Europe remains the ‘destination of choice’ for criminals and predators determined to host criminal content.

26 April 2022 News
Sexual abuse imagery of girls online at record high following pandemic lockdowns

Sexual abuse imagery of girls online at record high following pandemic lockdowns

New data published by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows girls are at increasing risk online. The Online Safety Bill is a once in a generation chance to offer better protection for children.

26 April 2022 News
The US now hosts more child sexual abuse material online than any other country

The US now hosts more child sexual abuse material online than any other country

Experts predict that without new legislation, the problem will only grow.

26 April 2022 IWF In The News