Coroners and Justice Act 2009
b) an act of masturbation by, of, involving or in the presence of a child;
c) an act which involves penetration of the vagina or anus of a child with a part of a person’s body or with anything else;
d) an act of penetration, in the presence of a child, of the vagina or anus of a person with a part of a person’s body or with anything else;
e) the performance by a child of an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive or imaginary);
f) the performance by a person of an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive or imaginary) in the presence of a child.
- child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world
- criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK
- non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.
If you believe you have stumbled across non-photographic visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children on a website hosted in the UK, you should report via the IWF’s online reporting form. This service is available from 6 April 2010.
Where potentially criminal non-photographic visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children are found in hard copy or on a computer it should be reported to the police in the same way as any other criminal offence.
If individuals have concerns about the legality of content they possess they should seek their own legal advice.
This legislation contains defences to cover those who may have contact with the material in the course of their legitimate work.
For information on the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009, see: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2009/25/contents
For information on the legislation itself, please contact the Ministry of Justice press office.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) was formed in 1996 following agreement between the government, police, and internet industry that a partnership approach was needed to tackle the online distribution of indecent images of children and criminally obscene content in the UK. Since then support for our work has grown considerably and our members now include internet service providers, mobile phone operators, search providers, filtering and software companies, the financial sector, and others.
The IWF is an independent self-regulatory body. It is governed by a Board of ten Trustees consisting of an Independent Chair, six independent Trustees and three industry Trustees. The Board monitor, review and direct the IWF’s remit, strategy, policy and budget to enable the IWF to achieve its objectives.
We operate an internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report their inadvertent exposure to child sexual abuse content hosted around the world as well as criminally obscene adult content and non-photographic visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children hosted in the UK. We provide a national ‘notice and take-down’ service to any service provider hosting such content in the UK.
Our role is confined to interpreting relevant legislation to ensure potentially criminal online content within our remit is traced, reported, and removed wherever possible. We work in partnership with the internet industry, law enforcement, government and international partners. As a result of this collaborative approach UK-hosted content within our remit has been virtually eradicated.