The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) operates the only internet ‘hotline’ in the UK for reporting illegal images on the web.
The aim of the scheme is to minimise the availability of illegal online content to protect internet users. Working in partnership with the police, the government and the internet and mobile industries, the IWF provides this service to the general public for free.
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.
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 rescue a young victim from further abuse.