COVID-19 coronavirus announcement

Published:  Mon 16 Mar 2020

As an additional precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) will be operating at a reduced capacity.

The IWF continues to work as usual but, with many staff now working remotely, there may be delays in responding.

We will be replying to emails and returning calls where possible, but please be prepared for some delays in communication.

Thank you for your understanding during this period. 

Members of the public can still report child sexual abuse material on the internet as normal viathe IWF's online reporting page

Today (December 14) the Joint Committee published its report on the Government’s draft Online Safety Bill

Today (December 14) the Joint Committee published its report on the Government’s draft Online Safety Bill

The draft legislation aims to make the internet safer, and will establish Ofcom as a statutory regulator to enforce standards on a range of online harms including the availability and spread of child sexual abuse material.

14 December 2021 Statement
IWF welcomes new online safety rules but warns more still needs to be done to make sure children are safe online

IWF welcomes new online safety rules but warns more still needs to be done to make sure children are safe online

The Age Appropriate Design Code, which comes into effect today (September 2), sets out 15 standards that online services need to follow.

2 September 2021 Statement
IWF welcomes Apple’s 'promising' plans to scan devices for child sexual abuse material

IWF welcomes Apple’s 'promising' plans to scan devices for child sexual abuse material

' They have acknowledged that, while customers’ privacy must be respected and protected, it cannot be at the expense of children’s safety.'

6 August 2021 Statement