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As a precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Internet Watch Foundation will be operating at a reduced capacity. We provide a vital service for the public and are committed to staying open but there is likely to be a delay responding to reports, emails and calls. People can still report child sexual abuse imagery as normal here.

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You can anonymously and confidentially report:

  • Child sexual abuse content
  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images
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Every 5 Minutes our analysts in Cambridge find & remove a video online of a child suffering sexual abuse.

Find out how you can help us, through your organisation or personally, to stamp this out for good.


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So Socking Simple: Reporting made easy

We’ve teamed up with the Marie Collins Foundation to empower young men to navigate the internet safely by making sure they know what to do if they ever stumble across sexual images or videos of someone they think might be under 18.  
Reporting made easy with #SoSockingSimple campaign.

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What others say about us

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

“I want to pay tribute to the crucial work of the Internet Watch Foundation and their partnership with industry, law enforcement and the Government in identifying and removing illegal child sexual abuse images from the internet. We will continue to work together to tackle this ever-evolving threat and to pursue our target of making the UK the safest place in the world to go online.”

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister of the UK, 2016-2019
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“The IWF do an incredibly important job. Stopping criminals using and abusing online technologies is tough. But the IWF have shown how working together with law enforcement, commercial companies and the voluntary sector can make a real difference in minimising the availability of child sexual abuse images.”

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
In 2018
webpages showing the sexual abuse of children were removed by our analysts.
of victims are 10 years or under
aged 2 or under
of images where victims were girls
of images assessed as category A or B

You can read more about it here.

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IWF 2018 Annual Report

‘Once Upon a Year’ is our 2018 Annual Report and it exposes the heart-breaking truth about child sexual abuse imagery online through the story of Olivia, a child victim whose images are seen daily by our analysts.


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