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New European proposals show 'welcome determination to front up to criminals' abusing and exploiting children online

New European proposals show 'welcome determination to front up to criminals' abusing and exploiting children online

On May 11, the European Commission announced its new European strategy for laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse.

12 May 2022 News
Calls for focus on prevention as Europe still hosting 'horrible numbers' of child sexual abuse sites

Calls for focus on prevention as Europe still hosting 'horrible numbers' of child sexual abuse sites

The IWF was in Brussels to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the IWF and to discuss forthcoming EU legislation to tackle Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

5 May 2022 News
Europe remains ‘global hub’ for hosting of online child sexual abuse material

Europe remains ‘global hub’ for hosting of online child sexual abuse material

Despite efforts to curb the amount of child sexual abuse material hosted on the continent, Europe remains the ‘destination of choice’ for criminals and predators determined to host criminal content.

26 April 2022 News
Sexual abuse imagery of girls online at record high following pandemic lockdowns

Sexual abuse imagery of girls online at record high following pandemic lockdowns

New data published by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows girls are at increasing risk online. The Online Safety Bill is a once in a generation chance to offer better protection for children.

26 April 2022 News
IWF partners with MTN, Meta, ICMEC and Child Helpline International on a vital child sexual abuse awareness campaign and launches Africa portal to help prevent the spread of child sexual abuse material online

IWF partners with MTN, Meta, ICMEC and Child Helpline International on a vital child sexual abuse awareness campaign and launches Africa portal to help prevent the spread of child sexual abuse material online

7 April 2022 News
Calls for greater clarity as new Online Safety Bill is introduced in the Commons

Calls for greater clarity as new Online Safety Bill is introduced in the Commons

The IWF welcomed the new Bill, but said there needs to be greater clarity in how the Bill will be implemented

17 March 2022 News
Call for lawmakers to act quickly as new data shows child sexual abuse reports are soaring in wake of pandemic

Call for lawmakers to act quickly as new data shows child sexual abuse reports are soaring in wake of pandemic

Internet Watch Foundation using this year’s Safer Internet Day to urge the European Commission to bring forward long awaited legislation to address the growing threat to children online.

8 February 2022 News
New online safety legislation needs to be made more robust MPs warn

New online safety legislation needs to be made more robust MPs warn

The IWF is calling for greater clarity on online harms as MPs warn new online safety legislation needs to be made more robust to help keep children safe online.

25 January 2022 News
Three-fold increase of abuse imagery of 7-10-year-olds as IWF detects more child sexual abuse material online than ever before

Three-fold increase of abuse imagery of 7-10-year-olds as IWF detects more child sexual abuse material online than ever before

The IWF is urging parents and carers to spot the dangers as a new Government-backed campaign aims to boost child safety.

13 January 2022 News
The IWF partners with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children to launch portal to report child sexual abuse material

The IWF partners with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children to launch portal to report child sexual abuse material

The IWF partners with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) to establish a joint Reporting Portal that allows anyone, anywhere to report child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

16 December 2021 News
Abuse material still circulating in ‘dark corners’ of internet as sex predator jailed

Abuse material still circulating in ‘dark corners’ of internet as sex predator jailed

IWF analysts have removed at least 1,600 URLs featuring images or videos of Abdul Elahi’s victims.

10 December 2021 News
Boost for children’s online safety as Welsh Government becomes first Government to join IWF

Boost for children’s online safety as Welsh Government becomes first Government to join IWF

Welsh language resources will help children spot the signs of online grooming and abuse.

19 November 2021 News