As a precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Internet Watch Foundation will be operating at a reduced capacity. We provide a vital service for the public and are committed to staying open but there is likely to be a delay responding to reports, emails and calls. People can still report child sexual abuse imagery as normal.

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What do you want to report?

What is this?

We take reports on child sexual abuse images hosted on the open internet. When an image is sent within a messaging app with end-to-end encryption (such as WhatsApp), we can’t access this information.

We take reports of images showing erotic posing; solo masturbation by a child; non-penetrative or penetrative sexual activity involving children or both children and adults; or sadism or penetration of or by an animal.

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  • Reports to the IWF are accepted as reports to a relevant authority in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers.
  • Details of the relevant laws.
What is this?

We take reports on UK-hosted non-photographic images of child sexual abuse, such as computer-generated images. The images we can take action on must be of children, pornographic, grossly offensive, and focus on a child's genitals or depict sexual activity involving or in the presence of a child.

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Where did you see the content

Warning! Reporting anything other than child sexual abuse imagery wastes valuable charity resources and prevents our analysts from finding and removing more child sexual abuse content online. If you’d like to report a child at risk or something other than an online image or video of child sexual abuse please click here.