The UK has a world-leading approach to dealing with Child Sexual Abuse Material online. In 1996, the year the IWF was founded, 18% of the world’s known child sexual abuse material was hosted in the UK. Today it is less than 0.1% and it has been less than 1% ever since 2003.

The IWF is recognised globally as a model of best practice. The UK’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse concluded the IWF is a “genuine success story” and “a large part of the reason comparatively little CSAM was hosted in the UK.”

The International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) described the IWF as “maintaining exceptional standards in all areas and its practices can be recommended to new or existing hotlines wishing to develop or expand their services.”

We work with Governments, Industry and Law Enforcement globally to share best practice about how we prevent the proliferation of child sexual abuse material online. We want to ensure that legislation builds upon current best practice, respects current international collaboration and further improves the response to this crime.

We work with Governments, Industry and Law Enforcement globally to share best practice about how we prevent the proliferation of child sexual abuse material online. We want to ensure that legislation builds upon current best practice, respects current international collaboration and further improves the response to this crime.

To contact the IWF Policy and Public Affairs team, please email Michael Tunks, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager, mike@iwf.org.uk or Abigail Fedorovsky, Policy and Public Affairs Assistant, abigail@iwf.org.uk.

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IWF urges Apple not to abandon new plans to help keep children safe online

IWF urges Apple not to abandon new plans to help keep children safe online

The IWF is among the signatories to two letters to the company.

23 September 2021 News
Tech companies must not encrypt platforms unless guarantees can be made on child safety, MPs warn

Tech companies must not encrypt platforms unless guarantees can be made on child safety, MPs warn

13 September 2021 News
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

02 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

06 August 2021 Statement
'Government must honour online safety promises' says IWF as Queen makes improving internet safety a national priority

'Government must honour online safety promises' says IWF as Queen makes improving internet safety a national priority

11 May 2021 News
UK Government

UK policy work

We operate independently of government, but have a good working relationship with the Home Office, the Department for Digital, Culture.

EU Parliament

EU policy work

How the IWF works with the EU on policy to make children safer online. Includes Policy Briefs and Consultations.

International flags

International policy work

How the IWF works on international policy to raise awareness of the issues relating to child sexual abuse imagery online.

Parliament

Parliamentary champions

Our parlimentray champions publicly support of our work and help to raise awareness of online child sexual abuse imagery and how it can be brought to an end.

Whitehall

Mentions by Parliamentarians

We regularly work with members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to highlight political issues surrounding child sexual abuse online.

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