The Internet Watch Foundation only accepts reports of suspected online child sexual abuse images or videos. We’re unable to investigate any other type of report or query as this sits outside of our legal responsibility.
We know that seeing illegal or disturbing content online can be upsetting.
Below we have provided some helpful information about how you can report other harmful content.
Report Harmful Content provides a safe place to find advice and resources on how to report a variety of different issues you may see online including:
They also offer advice on when you should go to the police.
You can report fraud or cybercrime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using their online reporting tool.
If you’re worried a child is being groomed or coerced into sexual acts or is being targeted by an abuser/paedophile, you can make a report at your local police station or online via the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) reporting page.
Unless the content is on a publicly available ‘chat’, we’re unable to access content on platforms like WhatsApp and Snapchat. Criminal content can be reported to the app developer. You can find out more about how to report content on encrypted apps, and other social media platforms, here and about safety on WhatsApp here.
Any written portrayals of child sexual abuse can be reported online via the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) reporting page.
If you’re concerned about an online crime or threats, you can report this directly to the police through their online reporting tool.
If you're worried about a person's behaviour or what they're saying about feelings/thoughts/activities with/towards children, please report them directly to the police by contacting your local police station, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP) or online at police.uk
If you're concerned about your own thoughts or feelings towards children, Stop It Now offers a free, anonymous and confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and information. They also offer a live chat and secure messaging service. Find out more here.
Remember: If a child is in immediate danger, please call 999 or the applicable police emergency number in your country.
If you’re over the age of 18 and have had intimate images shared online without your consent, you can report them to the Revenge Porn Helpline for removal.