Clare Haughey MSP Is An IWF Champion

Clare has become an IWF Champion; this means that she supports the work that the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) does to remove child sexual abuse imagery from across the internet.

The IWF are supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission. They offer the public a safe place to report suspected online child sexual abuse images and videos anonymously.

Their team of content analysts are experts, and their assessments are accurate and trusted by the police and internet industry across the globe.

Each week, the IWF team of expert analysts assess and remove more than 1,000 webpages, which could be hosted anywhere in the world. Each webpage may contain thousands of images.

How THE IWF make the internet safer

They help the internet industry join the fight against online child sexual abuse imagery, by providing a raft of world-class specialist services to their Members.

By developing and working with the latest technologies, they may be able to stop thousands of images of abuse from being uploaded in the first place.

They are an independent not-for-profit organisation, supported by Members from the global internet industry, whose membership fee funds their vital work.

Find out more about IWF Membership.

The IWF offer an international reporting solution

They help countries without anywhere to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. They provide a reporting button which feeds directly to their expert analysts in the UK, who assess the reports and remove content.

Find out more about International Reporting Portal.

They work globally

They work with local, national and international police to help them identify and rescue child sexual abuse victims.

You can find out more about how they do this here.

IWF in action:

They currently assess over 1,000 URLs per week.

As a direct result of their work, child sexual abuse content hosted in the UK has reduced from 18% in 1996 to below 0.1% today.

Content hosted in the UK is removed quickly – usually in less than 2 hours.

They hold the ISO 27001 standard and their Hotline is audited by an independent team, led by a former High Court Judge.

20 years of removing content

IWF have been removing content for over 20 years. See their key milestones from the past 20 years on their interactive timeline.

To find out more about the Internet Watch Foundation visit


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