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Safer Internet Centre

Do you have a cyberbullying or digital safety concern? 0844 381 4772

UK Safer Internet Centre's hotline for reporting and removing sexual images of children online

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works internationally to make the internet a safer place for everyone.

We help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. We search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We then have them removed. We’re a not-for-profit organisation and are supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission.

We minimise the availability of online sexual abuse content. Specifically:

Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world.
Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK. 


If you encounter sexual images or videos of someone under the age of 18 online, please report anonymously and confidentially via our website


Find out more on IWF's website.

COVID-19 Update

The IWF continues to work as usual but, with many staff now working remotely, there may be delays in responding to emails and phone calls.

As an additional precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) will be operating at a reduced capacity.

Members of the public can still report child sexual abuse material on the internet as normal viathe IWF's online reporting page.

Helping young men navigate responsibly online

We partnered up with HM Government, the NSPCC and the Marie Collins Foundation to develop a wide-reaching campaign targeted at young men aged 18-24. The campaign aims to clarify the laws around sexual images of under 18s, and encourages young men to report indecent images of children to the IWF.

#NoIfsNoButs and #KnowTheLaw 

Can you be sure the person in the images you're viewing is over 18?
If you accidently see sexual images or videos of someone you think might be under 18, do the right thing and report to us here.

In the United Kingdom taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent images of under 18s is illegal. 

With this campaign, we want to protect young people by making sure they know the rights and wrongs of viewing and sharing sexual images online. We want to empower them to navigate the internet confidently and safely within legal boundaries.


Game On: Addressing sexual behaviour in the digital age

We provide educational workshops for young people aged 11 to 24 tackling sexual behaviours in the online world.

Game On was born from a unique partnership with the Everton FC safeguarding team. We aim to safeguard and educate young people involved in sport from grass roots to elite level to develop a safe and appropriate use of the internet.

Young men are the most likely to accidentally stumble across online images of children being sexually abused, and they don’t really know what to do about it.

That's where we come in and help. Find out more on the Game On website.