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    Our role in the UK Safer Internet Centre

    UK Safer Internet Centre Directors, Will Gardner OBE, Emma Hardy, David Wright

    The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) is a leading global partnership helping to make the internet a great and safe place for everyone.

    We provide support and services to children and young people, adults facing online harms, and professionals working with children.

    A bridge between Government, industry, law enforcement and society, we are the engine of the online protection landscape in the UK, dealing with both prevention and response.

    We are unique. Formed of three foremost charities, Childnet, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, we work together to identify threats and harms online and then create and deliver critical advice, resources, education and interventions that help keep children and young people, and adults, safe. We share our best practices across the UK and globally and we work alongside 30 other centres across the European continent.

    In 2022, Nominet, the official registry for UK domain names, stepped up to support the UK’s online safety sector by funding this work following the UK’s departure from the EU. Prior to 2022, we had been funded by the European Commission as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK.

    We focus our work around four functions:

    • An awareness centre where we provide advice and support to children and young people, parents and carers, schools, and the children’s workforce.
    • Three helplines which provide support to professionals working with children and young people with online safety issues, and support to all adults facing issues with harmful content and non-consensual indecent imagery online.
    • A hotline which provides an anonymous and safe place to report and remove online child sexual abuse images and videos wherever they are found in the world.
    • A voice to young people: We operate a Youth Advisory Board, and we nurture youth participation, providing a focus on youth voice to give young people agency to make a difference in their school communities.

    UKSIC is the proud coordinator of Safer Internet Day in the UK.