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Reporting illegal content

If you spot any potentially illegal content relating to child sex abuse while browsing the web, you should report the site to the Internet Watch Foundation immediately. Visit the IWF's UK reporting page By reporting a site, you could help rescue a young victim from further abuse.


What is the Internet Watch Foundation?

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has helped make the Internet a safer place through its investigations and Hotline service.

It offers members of the public the opportunity to anonymously report criminal content and illegal web pages, which are then removed and blocked - often within two hours. It’s an international effort and one that is especially committed to the removal of child sex abuse images and videos. IWF works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government and international partners.


What do they do?

The IWF identify, report, and remove any illegal content they find online, specifically:

  • Child sex abuse hosted anywhere in the world
  • Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK
  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK

They also provide a Reporting Page which allows you to anonymously report any criminal content you may stumble across online. Any illegal content found is passed onto internet providers, who can then block or filter it out – Content hosted in the UK is usually removed within two hours. If you try to visit a website that’s on the IWF list you’ll be redirected to a screen telling you that the content is blocked. To learn more visit the Internet Watch Foundation