Sharing goals globally

Published:  Wed 12 Jul 2017

We were delighted to be visited by the Croatian Hotline, CNZD, a sister hotline from the INHOPE network, who’d come to the UK to learn about how we deal with the removal of online child sexual abuse, how we raise awareness of the problem and how we work with others to fight this hideous crime.

Different set up, common goal

We have different set ups: IWF is an independent organisation, set up and funded by the internet industry to remove illegal images of children. The Croatian hotline is run by the Croatian Centre for Missing Children, so their remit includes missing children, child trafficking as well as the removal of child sexual abuse images.

What was clear from our meeting though is how passionate both organisations are about making the internet safer by stopping images of child sexual abuse circulating on the internet.

While IWF is an independent organisation we work in partnership with the industry and police to remove this content.

We also offer a range of unique tools to the internet industry so that they can protect their customers and employees while we’re working on removing the criminal content. This includes our award-winning IWF Image Hash List, which has the potential to stop the sharing and viewing of these images for good.

In addition, we work with our partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre on raising awareness of the issues relating to giving everyone a safer internet experience.

Recently we teamed up with Premier League giant Everton Football Club on a campaign to help young men aged 26-24 stay safe online.

As part of this we launched our Game On workshops which are unique educational workshops for young people aged 11 - 24 tackling sexual behaviour in the online world. Proven. Realistic. Bespoke. Up-to-date. Age-appropriate.

All this work leads to a common goal of making the internet safer and stopping the sharing of indecent images of children.

Learn more about why and how we fight online images and videos of child sexual abuse here: www.iwf.org.uk

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