Our political engagement
We make the internet a safer place. We help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide.
We aim to educate, inform and have our work widely embraced internationally.
In the UK
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) and our Deputy CEO, Fred Langford, is Chair of its Technical Working Group. The IWF also recently secured Core Participant status to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IISCA) as part of the inquiry’s investigation into child sexual abuse and the internet.
We have a network of Parliamentary Champions who support our work and help further raise awareness of the issues of dealing with child sexual exploitation online.
In the European Union
We receive 10% of our funding from the European Union through the Connecting Europe Facility and specifically its Safer Internet Programme as part of a coalition of charities that make up the UK Safer Internet Centre. Our funding is secure until December 2020, but uncertainty remains until the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union has been agreed.
IWF also participates in a number of policy platforms through the Council of Europe and has secured observer status on the Lanzarote Committee and Steering Committee on Media and Information Society.
We work internationally to raise awareness of the issues relating to child sexual abuse imagery online. Our CEO is a member of the We PROTECT global alliance International Advisory Board. We actively participate in various internet governance forums including the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EURODIG), the UN ITU and ICANN.
We also respond to relevant Government consultations and Select Committee inquiries.
- IWF: Full Government response to the Online Harms Consultation, 15 12 2020
- IWF: Backbench Business, Regulation and prevention of online harms, 19 11 2020
- UK Safer Internet Centre: Westminster Hall Debate, Online Harms, 07 10 20
- IWF: European Parliament Debate, Combatting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, 17 09 20
- IWF: LIBE Committee Hearing, Fighting child sexual abuse online, 10 09 20