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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 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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Latest news

A million of the worst child sexual abuse images graded by ‘elite’ taskforce

A million of the worst child sexual abuse images graded by ‘elite’ taskforce

The ‘shocking’ images of children can involve penetrative sexual activity, sexual activity with an animal, and sadism.

6 June 2022 News
1 million of the worst child sexual abuse images graded by ‘elite’ taskforce

1 million of the worst child sexual abuse images graded by ‘elite’ taskforce

The ‘shocking’ images of children can involve penetrative sexual activity, sexual activity with an animal, and sadism.

6 June 2022 IWF In The News
Digital fingerprints of a million child abuse images made

Digital fingerprints of a million child abuse images made

Digital fingerprints of a million images of child sexual abuse have been created, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has said.

6 June 2022 IWF In The News
IWF’s Dan Sexton explains vital role new European proposal could have in preventing the widespread sexual abuse, rape, and sexual torture of child victims online

IWF’s Dan Sexton explains vital role new European proposal could have in preventing the widespread sexual abuse, rape, and sexual torture of child victims online

Dan explains the vital role the proposal could have in preventing the widespread sexual abuse, rape, and sexual torture of child victims online

1 June 2022 Blog
IWF voices support for European CSAM proposal in open letter to European Union

IWF voices support for European CSAM proposal in open letter to European Union

The letter says the proposal would have powerful implications, not just for Europe but for the world.

1 June 2022 News
IWF Wins British Data Award 2022

IWF Wins British Data Award 2022

The IWF has been named Not for Profit of the Year at the British Data Awards 2022.

26 May 2022 News