If you encounter child abuse images you should report them to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) straight away.
The IWF is a non-profit organization that flags content considered illegal according to UK law and produces a Child Abuse Image Content (CAIC) list of URLs. This is then used by filtering companies, search providers, and ISPs to prevent access to illegal content.
In addition to providing the CAIC list, the IWF also works with local, national, and international police helping them to identify and remove illegal content, and help to rescue victims of abuse.
What to do:
- Where possible report the URL immediately to the IWF using the online portal: https://report.iwf.org.uk
- Do not investigate yourself. Child abuse is illegal according to UK law; and any suspicion of child abuse imagery should be reported so that it can be dealt with appropriately.
- Be aware that seeing images of Child abuse does not mean that a user was explicitly searching for that content.