Who we are

We are the Internet Watch Foundation

Who we are

We’re here to eliminate child sexual abuse images and videos on the internet.

We’re a child protection body using cutting edge technology to find, remove, disrupt and prevent child sexual abuse imagery online.

We help to make the internet a safer place for children and adults across the world.

We’re a not-for-profit organisation, supported by the internet industry, the European Commission and the generosity of ordinary people. We work closely with police, governments and NGOs globally, who trust our work.

What we do

For almost 25 years we’ve given people a safe place to report imagery anonymously, now covering 43 countries.

We assess every report we receive. If it shows the sexual abuse of a child, we make sure the image or video is removed. To do this effectively, we develop technology-for-good and provide bespoke tools to our industry Members.

We care. No child should suffer repeated abuse and victimisation by having the recordings of their abuse shared time and time again. Our work relies on compassionate and resilient staff members, who are highly trained and carefully looked after.

How you can support

We encourage you to play your part, either by reporting to us, funding us, or collaborating on the best technology and research.

The children in these pictures and videos are real. The suffering captured in this imagery and the knowledge that it could be shared can haunt a victim for life.

That’s why it’s our mission to eliminate this material for good. And to show every child there is someone out there who cares enough to help.