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Best Practice Guide - frequently asked questions

These frequently asked questions are designed to be read alongside the Best Practice Guide.

Best Practice Guide - Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary of Terms

‘Indecent image of a child’

This refers to any images of children, apparently under 18 years of age, involved in sexual activity or posed to be sexually provocative.

Other terms used to describe these images are: ‘child abuse images’, ‘criminal images of children’, ‘child pornography’ or ‘child porn’ and ‘kiddie porn’.

The Internet Watch Foundation 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 Internet Watch Foundation.  

‘Make a report to the Internet Watch Foundation’

This refers to completing the step-by-step reporting form which is accessed via the Internet Watch Foundation website www.iwf.org.uk  Reports can only be submitted this way.

Report here