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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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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 2021 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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IWF CEO, Susie Hargreaves OBE, on Times Radio

IWF CEO, Susie Hargreaves OBE, on Times Radio

Susie speaks to Aasmah Mir about the increase in self-generated child sexual abuse online amongst 7-to-10 year olds

9 August 2022 IWF In The News
3 Ways you can help to protect children online

3 Ways you can help to protect children online

Natterhub's Caroline Allams offers practical tips for parents and carers

9 August 2022 Blog
20,000 reports of coerced ‘self-generated’ sexual abuse imagery seen in first half of 2022 show 7- to 10-year-olds

20,000 reports of coerced ‘self-generated’ sexual abuse imagery seen in first half of 2022 show 7- to 10-year-olds

IWF CEO calls it a social and digital emergency requiring a sustained national prevention effort.

8 August 2022 News
Apple should scan iPhones for child abuse images, says scanning technology inventor

Apple should scan iPhones for child abuse images, says scanning technology inventor

Prof Hany Farid says all online services should adopt idea backed by GCHQ and National Cybersecurity Centre

31 July 2022 IWF In The News
Encryption Vs. Privacy: In Conversation with Professor Hany Farid

Encryption Vs. Privacy: In Conversation with Professor Hany Farid

Speaking exclusively to the IWF as part of its new podcast series, Prof Farid, said children are facing dangers online, and that politicians need to step in to make sure tech companies are incentivised to bring in better child protection measures.

31 July 2022 Blog
IWF data fuels report aimed at ‘turning tide of online child sexual abuse’

IWF data fuels report aimed at ‘turning tide of online child sexual abuse’

A new report by an independent think tank looks at what can be done by police and government to help “turn the tide of online child sexual abuse”.

19 July 2022 News