Skip to main content

Internet Watch Foundation

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is an organisation working with the internet industry, police and Government.

The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way. 

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content, specifically:

  • Child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world;
  • Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK;
  • Incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK; and
  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

Reports are confidential and can be made anonymously. Please visit the IWF website to report criminal content on the internet or to find out more about the IWF.

Who to contact


Last updated: 19 Nov 2020