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    2022 Highlights

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    Safer Internet Day 2022 celebration

    Along with partners at the UK Safer Internet Centre, we proudly took part in the global celebration of Safer Internet Day 2022, which promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The theme was ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.


    Prevention campaign for children with SEND

    Children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) are three times more likely to experience sexual abuse online. That’s why we launched a campaign to help these children and their parents understand more about this crime and how they can better protect themselves.

    Read our article.




    IWF’s 25th anniversary

    In our 25 years of service, our expert analysts have assessed over two million reports of child sexual abuse and helped to remove millions of child sexual abuse images and videos from the internet. Together with our Members, partners, law enforcement and government officials, we’ve helped save countless children from a lifetime of revictimisation.

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    Africa Portal and Help Children be Children campaign launch

    We joined forces with MTN, Meta, ICMEC and Child Helpline International to launch the Help Children be Children campaign and the Child Safety Online Africa Portal to increase public awareness of the impact of child sexual abuse material and help prevent its spread in Africa.

    Read our press release.

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    IWF wins at British Data Awards

    We were awarded Not for Profit of the Year at the British Data Awards 2022 which celebrates the organisations and people that are deeply passionate about data.

    Read our press release.

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    Taskforce reaches one million hashes

    One year since creation, our dedicated hashing taskforce marked the assessment and individual hashing of one million images of child sexual abuse from the UK Government’s Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) system.

    Read our press release.

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    IWF launch new podcast

    In July we launched our new ‘shortcast’ series, In Conversation With, starting with an in-depth discussion with Prof Hany Farid from the University of California, Berkeley, on the encryption vs privacy debate.

    Read our article or catch up on the podcast.

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    A new partner chooses IWF as charity of the year

    Trenches Law made the IWF their Charity of the Year, supporting us by raising vital funds and spreading the word about our work.

    Read our article.


    Chatbot created to prevent viewing of child sexual abuse

    Alongside our partners at Stop it Now! the IWF unveiled a first-of-its-kind chatbot, launched on Pornhub UK, designed to stop potential offenders searching for pictures and videos of child sexual abuse online and encourage them to seek help for their behaviour.

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    Bonus episode of our groundbreaking podcast released

    We released a bonus episode of our ground-breaking podcast series, Pixels from a Crime Scene, which focused on a growing threat to children online.

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    CEO named in Computer Weekly’s most influential women in UK tech list

    Our Chief Executive, Susie Hargreaves OBE, was announced as one of Computer Weekly’s top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Technology in 2022.

    Read the article.

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    New ‘crypto unit’ announced

    Our analysts identified a trend that showed cryptocurrency payments for child sexual abuse material doubled almost every year since 2015. In response, we launched a new ‘crypto-unit’.

    Read our press release.

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    Finalist in New Statesman Positive Impact Awards

    The IWF was a finalist at the New Statesman Positive Impact Awards for Technology on account of our innovative contribution to the removal of child sexual abuse material online with IntelliGrade.

    Read the article.

    Independent Hotline Audit

    We welcomed four independent inspectors into IWF at the request of our Board. They reported:
    “The IWF is an extremely professional and well-managed organisation led by a strong but caring and compassionate leadership team.”

    Read the report.

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    A gala event to thank our partners, champions and advocates

    The IWF hosted an event at Westminster that gathered guests from Government, the third sector, law enforcement and the tech industry to mark another year of protecting children online. Read our article. Actor Samantha Morton spoke movingly of one parent’s experience trying to protect their child.