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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 and the Marie Collins Foundation to develop a wide-reaching campaign targeted at young people aged 18-24. The campaign aims to empower young men to do the right thing online and report sexual images of under 18s to the IWF.

Navigating the internet safely 

We all want to do the right thing online, but it’s not always clear how. We want to help you to use the internet safely by making sure you know what to do if you stumble across sexual images or videos of someone you think might be under 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 safely within legal boundaries.