Online Crime

6 May 2021 Andy Robinson

Threats to Share Intimate Images to Become a Crime

This blog looks at the Domestic Abuse Bill and what new laws have been brought in to protect victims. We…

25 March 2021 Angela Munoz Aroca

‘Beyond heart-breaking’ abuse as predators groom children to film siblings and friends

A new IWF study indicates internet sex predators are manipulating children to record their own sexual abuse, and that of…

15 December 2020 Angela Munoz Aroca

Eyes of the world very much on Europe' as IWF welcomes progress on child safety measures in Brussels

“We cannot allow Europe to be a safe haven for these criminals who would exploit the worst abuse of vulnerable,…

3 December 2020 Andy Robinson

Government looks to tackle internet grooming amid fears of a ‘perfect storm’ for online abuse

Minister praises work to find and remove images and videos of child sexual abuse from the internet, and says new…

26 November 2020 Angela Munoz Aroca

IWF has record month as public reports of child sexual abuse surge

IWF analysts have seen accelerating numbers of public reports of child sexual abuse, with more people staying and working from…

22 October 2020 Angela Munoz Aroca

Game-changing IWF chatbot to target people trying to access child sexual abuse online

The End Violence Fund has announced the funding grant for the new Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reThink chatbot which the charity has…

7 October 2020 Andy Robinson

‘Disturbing’ rise in videos of children who have been groomed into filming their own abuse

Videos and images where children have been manipulated into recording their own abuse now make up nearly half of all…

28 September 2020 Andy Robinson

Hundreds of individual victims in videos of “self-generated” child sexual abuse in one week

In one week alone, analysts saw almost 700 individual girls being exploited and coerced into filming their own abuse. This…

24 June 2020 Angela Munoz Aroca

IWF launches six international reporting portals for child sexual abuse material during lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has lent greater urgency to tackling online threats.

19 May 2020 Angela Munoz Aroca

Mental Health Awareness Week – Doing one of the most difficult jobs

On Mental Health Awareness Week, IWF raise awareness of the difficult but crucial work their analysts do and how they…

17 April 2020 Angela Munoz Aroca

IWF launches a ground-breaking podcast series – Pixels from a Crime Scene

Speaking in the first episode, Chief Constable Simon Bailey QPM, The National Police Chief’s Council lead on child protection, has…

27 March 2020 Andy Robinson

IWF Warning During Coronavirus Outbreak

The Internet Watch Foundation warns that, with schools being forced to shut, there is an increased risk of children being…