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Charity and non-profit partnerships

Online child sexual abuse is a global problem, requiring a global solution. As a UK based organisation, we thrive upon our partnerships with other charities and non-profit organisations around the world to collaborate on initiatives to help make the internet safer for everyone and protect survivors of child sexual abuse from repeated victimisation.

Below are some of the key charity and non-profit partners we work with regularly.

How we work with the Marie Collins Foundation

The Marie Collins Foundation

The Marie Collins Foundation works to ensure all children who suffer sexual abuse via the internet and mobile technologies are enabled to recover and live safe and fulfilling lives. 

They offer services to children, young people, and their families who have been affected by child sexual abuse online, professional consultancy to practitioners and the police, and seek to raise awareness amongst Government, industry, academia, and the charity sector.

The IWF and The Marie Collins Foundation have worked on a variety of joint campaigns together, most recently on 'The dark side of the selfie'. 

Read more about The Marie Collins Foundation's work here

How we work with the NSPCC

The NSPCC is one of the UK's leading children's charities offering a wide variety of services to children who have suffered abuse including support helplines and therapy services. They also work with schools, develop training resources, provide support and advice for families, and campaign for change.

IWF have a long history of partnering with the NSPCC, most recently with our Report Remove tool. It allows young people to discreetly report a nude image or video shared online, to see if it’s possible to get it taken down. Young people can get support from the NSPCC's Childline service throughout the process. Read more here.     

Childnet International

Childnet International is a UK-based organisation working with children, parents and educators to make the internet a great and safe place for children. 

They work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.

IWF have had a long-standing partnership with Childnet as a one-third partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre alongside SWGfL. 

Read more about Childnet here

Will Gardner OBE, Childnet CEO
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Thorn are a US-based organisation that build technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Their primary focus is to stop child sex trafficking and to stop the spread of child sexual abuse imagery online. 

Thanks to a grant from Thorn, the IWF recruited a taskforce of analysts to assess and classify millions of the most severe images and videos of child sexual abuse from the UK Government’s Child Abuse Image Database (CAID). Find out more about the taskforce here. 

Read more about Thorn here

Julie Cordua, Thorn CEO
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SWGfL are a not for profit charity ensuring everyone can benefit from technology free from harm. Their experts advise schools, public bodies and industry on appropriate actions to take in regards to safeguarding and advancing positive online safety policies.

IWF have had a long-standing partnership with SWGfL as a one-third partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre alongside Childnet. 

Read more about SWGfL here

David Wright, UK Safer Internet Centre Director for SWGfL
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ECPAT International 

We have a Memorandum of Understanding with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organisations dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
The agreement focuses on developing joint action to prevent the online sexual exploitation of children and to remove online child sexual abuse imagery hosted anywhere in the world. 

Read more about ECPAT here

Thomas Muller, Deputy Executive Director at ECPAT

The Global Partnership and Fund to End Violence Against Children

The Global Partnership and Fund to End Violence Against Children was launched in July 2016 by the UN Secretary-General. The Partnership is the only global entity focused solely on Sustainable Development Goal 16.2: ending all forms of violence against children by 2030.

The IWF has worked in partnership with The End Violence Partnership since 2017 when they provided a grant to enable us to set up 30 Reporting Portals in some of the world's least developed countries.   

Read more about The Global Partnership here

Marija Manojlovic, Safe Online Director, End Violence Partnership


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is a US-based non-profit organisation working to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimisation. 

The IWF has a long-standing partnership with NCMEC which recently increased to encompass a landmark data sharing agreement to better protect children whose sexual abuse images are shared and traded on the internet.

Read more about NCMEC here

John Shehan, Vice President, Exploited Children Division, NCMEC

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation provides a range of services for organisations, professionals and the public focused on tackling child sexual abuse.

Stop it Now! reaches out to adults who are concerned about their own behaviour towards children, or that of someone they know. Their confidential helpline, live chat and secure messaging service are for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention – whether they’re worried about their own thoughts, feelings and behaviour, or about another adult or young person.

The IWF has worked in partnership on a range of projects with The Lucy Faithfull Foundation including research into understanding sex offenders’ internet habits when viewing online child sexual abuse material. 

Read more about their services and training opportunities here

Deborah Denis, Chief Executive Officer, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
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The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) partner with leading technology companies and the financial industry to identify and develop new global solutions that protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation, and the risk of going missing. They provide resources and advice for governments, law enforcement, NGOs, and families on prevention as well as the appropriate actions to take in the event a child does go missing or gets exploited online. 

The IWF has worked with ICMEC on a variety of awareness campaigns and training sessions for those in the child protection sector. Most recently, we worked with them on a campaign in Uganda and Zambia to build capacity and knowledge for law enforcement, and delivery policy roundtables to the government on how to best tackle child sexual abuse online.  

Bob Cunningham, CEO, ICMEC