About the UK Safer Internet Centre

Making the internet a great and safe place for children and young people

We are a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet InternationalInternet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission – to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people

What we do:

The partnership was appointed by the European Commission as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK in January 2011 and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. The centre has three main functions:

Awareness Centre:

to provide advice and support to children and young people, parents and carers, schools and the children’s workforce. The Centre also coordinates Safer Internet Day across UK.


to provide support to professionals working with children and young people with online safety issues.


an anonymous and safe place to report and remove child sexual abuse imagery and videos, wherever they are found in the world.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is funded under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme of the European Commission. As such we contribute to the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) core service platform to share resources, services and practices between the European Safer Internet Centres and advice and information about a better internet to the general public. In line with the European Commission’s Better Internet for Kids strategy, the key vision behind the BIK core service platform is to create a better internet for children and young people.

Read about the work we do in our Public Report:

Childnet is a UK-based charity which empowers young people and those who support them in their online lives. Its vision is to make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Created in 1995, just two years after the public launch of the open web, Childnet has delivered a positive impact with its empowering, youth led, evidence based and collaborative approach to online safety. It aims to give children and young people the skills they need to navigate the internet safely and in a positive way. 

IWF operates globally through a network of international Members, hotline partnerships and law enforcement agencies. They also provide international portals for people to report criminal content all over the world. Their self-regulatory model is recognised as the best practice for combating online child sexual abuse content. They share unique research into patterns and trends in online behaviour of criminal content. They work closely with the technology and internet industry. Through IWF’s unique services IWF helps its Members protect their services, brands, reputations and customers.

SWGfL are the coordinators of the UK Safer Internet Centre as well as the partner operating the Centre’s helpline, the only one of its kind within the network of European centres, which specifically supports professionals in UK working with children and young people. It also support the awareness raising work of the centre by delivering education sessions in schools and other organisations, creating resources like So You Got Naked Online? and delivering an outreach programme of free events Online Safety Live.

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