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 Officer, abigail@iwf.org.uk.

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Fears for children as Online Safety Bill delayed

Fears for children as Online Safety Bill delayed

'With so much up in the air, we must never lose focus on the most vulnerable people in our society.'

14 July 2022 Statement
IWF voices support for European CSAM proposal in open letter to European Union

IWF voices support for European CSAM proposal in open letter to European Union

01 June 2022 News
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

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

05 May 2022 News
‘Ofcom and Government should not reinvent the wheel’ - IWF stands ready to help regulator stamp out online child sexual abuse material

‘Ofcom and Government should not reinvent the wheel’ - IWF stands ready to help regulator stamp out online child sexual abuse material

17 December 2021 Blog
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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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media

Established in March 2018, the group works to drive policy change that maximises the positives and mitigates the negatives of social media.

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