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Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

IWF Full Logo colourThe Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK internet hotline for anyone to report online child sexual abuse imagery and non-photographic child sexual abuse
images anonymously.

IWF works internationally to make the internet safer. They help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse.

What do we mean by illegal images on the web?

This means images -  and in some cases text - which you see or may be inadvertently exposed to on a website, which contains any of the following:

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

If you genuinely stumble across such images accidentally, or are inadvertently exposed to them you must report them to the IWF. 

It is an offence to deliberately seek out illegal images and purposely viewing child abuse images can carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Why should I report these images?

Reports from the public help us to combat this content and where possible, have it removed. This makes the Internet a safer place for everyone. 

Child abuse images reflect the real abuse of a child and your reports to the hotline might help the authorities to trace and rescues a young victim from further abuse.

How do I report?

Go to the IWF website www.iwf.org.uk and complete the step-by-step form. The form is easy to navigate and reports can be submitted anonymously.



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