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UK policy work

We operate independently of government, but have a good working relationship with the Home Office, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Education.

Our CEO, Susie Hargreaves OBE, is an Executive Board Member of the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS). The IWF also secured Core Participant status to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) as part of the inquiry’s investigation into child sexual abuse and the internet.

Recent Policy Briefs

Consultations

Wherever relevant, we share our expertise, good practice and partnership approach with organisations, policymakers, hotlines, Government, law enforcement and others.

As part of this, the IWF often responds to consultations with relevance to our work. Our submissions to recent consultations include:

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media

Since November 2020, the IWF (as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre) has been providing the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media. This APPG works to drive policy change that maximises the positives and mitigates the negatives of social media.

The APPG has an ongoing inquiry into “Selfie Generation: what’s behind the rise in self-generated indecent images of children online?” and has received written and oral evidence from academics, child protection experts, law enforcement, tech companies and individuals.

View the APPG's report here

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.

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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