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IWF Careers


Find out more about working for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and contributing directly to our mission to eliminate online child sexual abuse. 

Head of Software

The Head of Software leads the IWF’s software development team and oversees all in house software development. This role will drive through improvements in technology and will lead a highly skilled team.

This role will require the employee to develop, maintain and support solutions to assist with the IWF goal of eliminating child sexual abuse material on the internet, therefore there will be a requirement to view this type of illegal and distressing content on occasion. Mandatory counselling is provided.

About You

You will have technical leadership, a high degree of attention to detail and excellent communication skills in articulating software development solutions to real life problems.

You will be an advocate of agile development, ideally as a full stack developer with expertise in C#, .Net, source control and CI/CD pipelines. This opportunity will particularly suit someone that wants to apply their growing software development leadership skills, strategic mindset and apply these to building high-profile tools that have a positive impact.

Download the Recruitment Pack for more info. 

As we need someone to start as soon as possible, we will be interviewing suitable candidates at the earliest opportunity.

Initially, please email your CV to: [email protected]

Head of Policy & Public Affairs

Reporting to the Chief Executive/Communications Director, the successful candidate will develop and deliver the policy and public affairs strategy for the IWF. You will help the organisation foster closer working relationships with key players including politicians and civil servants.

You will input into policy (i.e. legislative) developments relevant to the IWF across the UK, EU, Council of Europe and where necessary other markets of relevance to the IWF. You must have an excellent understanding of, and passion for politics and will be able to brief others at all levels in the organisation.

With relevant experience including planning and implementing policy/public affairs programmes, you will be able to grasp this role and make a significant impact on what we achieve at home and abroad.

Download the Recruitment Pack for more info. 

Applicants for this role will need to provide the following:

Please email completed forms to [email protected]

Short-listing will be based on an impartial scoring system to ensure fairness and equity.

As we need someone to start as soon as possible, we will be interviewing suitable candidates at the earliest opportunity.



Caring for our staff

IWF may operate in a highly advanced technological world, but it’s the expertise and experience of our analysts that sets us apart. We give all our staff the flexibility and reassurance they need to manage their home and work life.

  • All new analysts go through a specially developed induction training programme to help them mentally process and cope with exposure to disturbing images.
  • Our analysts’ working hours are restricted; they take regular timetabled breaks and are encouraged to take more breaks as and when they need.
  • All our staff work shorter days to ensure their personal lives don’t suffer, and we don’t allow analysts to work overtime.
  • Each month our analysts have individual mandatory counselling sessions and all employees who see criminal imagery have an annual full psychological assessment.
  • Everyone who works for us is offered counselling support.

We work in partnership with internet service providers, telecommunication companies, mobile operators, software providers, the police, Government, the public, other NGOs and charities to minimise the availability of child sexual abuse images and videos online. Our tech-for-good solutions make the internet safer for everyone to use and help children move on from their traumatic experiences.

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