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Safer Internet Centre

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Hello, we are the UK Safer Internet Centre

We are a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet InternationalInternet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission - to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.

What we do:

The partnership was appointed by the European Commission as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK in January 2011 and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. The centre has three main functions:

  1. Awareness Centre: to provide advice and support to children and young people, parents and carers, schools and the children's workforce and to coordinate Safer Internet Day across UK.
  2. Helpline: to provide support to professionals working with children and young people with online safety issues.
  3. Hotline: an anonymous and safe place to report and remove child sexual abuse imagery and videos, wherever they are found in the world. 

The UK Safer Internet Centre is funded under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme of the European Commission. As such we contribute to the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) core service platform to share resources, services and practices between the European Safer Internet Centres and advice and information about a better internet to the general public. In line with the European Commission's Better Internet for Kids strategy, the key vision behind the BIK core service platform is to create a better internet for children and young people. 

Read about the work we do in our Public Report:

As we embark on our sixth phase of co-funding from the European Commission, we look back at the achievements of the Centre in the last two years to December 2020 in our end-of-phase report.

Read the report here


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Childnet is a UK charity set up to empower children, families and schools in the digital age, and its vision is to make the internet a great and safe place for children. Launching in 1995, it speaks to thousands of children, parents and teachers every year; creates innovative educational resources; and delivers projects to empower young people to have their say and take the lead in helping to create a better internet. It achieves a wider impact through influencing best practice and policy, both in the UK and internationally.

IWF operates globally through a network of international Members, hotline partnerships and law enforcement agencies. They also provide international portals for people to report criminal content all over the world. Their self-regulatory model is recognised as the best practice for combating online child sexual abuse content. They share unique research into patterns and trends in online behaviour of criminal content. They work closely with the technology and internet industry. Through IWF’s unique services IWF helps its Members protect their services, brands, reputations and customers.

SWGfL are the coordinators of the UK Safer Internet Centre as well as the partner operating the Centre's helpline, the only one of its kind within the network of European centres, which specifically supports professionals in UK working with children and young people. It also support the awareness raising work of the centre by delivering education sessions in schools and other organisations, creating resources like So You Got Naked Online? and delivering an outreach programme of free events Online Safety Live.