Internet Watch Foundation International Collaboration

Launched in 2005 the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world working together to fight child sexual abuse online.

The objectives of the VGT are:

  • to make the internet a safer place
  • to identify, locate and help children at risk
  • to hold perpetrators appropriately to account

Through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre Opens in New Window, part of the National Crime Agency, the IWF supplies intelligence regarding child sexual abuse websites to support and inform the processes which we hope will bring offenders to justice and rescue children around the world from suffering.

When IWF traces criminal content being hosted abroad we pass that intelligence to the relevant INHOPE Opens in New Window Hotline or law enforcement agency in that country so the website can be investigated by the relevant national law enforcement authorities and removed.

We are represented on the European Financial Coalition (EFC) alongside financial, internet and technology corporations, international policing agencies, the European Commission Opens in New Window and specialist child protection organisations working together to bring a halt to the activities of those who seek to make money from the distribution of child sexual abuse images. The objective of the EFC is to facilitate and support pan-European police operations which target the payment mechanisms and wider financial systems that facilitate the trade in child sexual abuse images.

The IWF is part of a network of 80 national and international NGOs (Non-governmental Organisations) called Child Rights Connect Opens in New Window (CRC), committed to promoting the Rights of Children. The CRC promote the realisation of child rights at national level through the effective implementation of the recommendations and other outputs of the Committee and other international human rights mechanisms.

Plus, wherever possible, we share our expertise, tactics, and self-regulatory partnership approach with organisations, companies, governments and others around the world.

We believe that little can be achieved in isolation and any national approach is inherently limited unless it transcends borders. By sharing intelligence and tactics internationally, we hope to be able to contribute to global solutions to the problem of the online distribution of child sexual abuse images.

We participate in international conferences dedicated to combating online criminality and the distribution of child sexual abuse content in order to share experience and expertise with associates around the world and to promote effective partnerships and collaborative working.

Please note: The IWF uses the term child sexual abuse content to accurately reflect the gravity of the images we deal with. Please note that child pornography, child porn and kiddie porn are not acceptable terms. The use of such language acts to legitimise images which are not pornography, rather, they are permanent records of children being sexually exploited and as such should be referred to as child sexual abuse images. If you see such content online please report it to the IWF.  

Co-funded by the European Union Safer Internet Thinkuknow INHOPE UK Council for Child Internet Safety Investors In People Child rights Connect Nominet European Financial Coalition