The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.

The Hotline service can be used anonymously to report content within our remit.

We work in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, and international partners to minimise the availability of this content, specifically:

  • Child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world
  • Non-photographic images of child sexual abuse hosted in the UK
  • Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK

If you stumble across criminal content on the internet you should report it to the IWF where action can be taken to have the content removed wherever it originates in the world. Your reports to the Hotline may help to trace and rescue a young victim from further abuse.

A Service Level Agreement (PDF 219KB) between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) outlines the processes for managing UK hosted criminal internet content.

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