About the UK Safer Internet Centre

Making the internet a great and safe place for everyone

The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), established in 2011, 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 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.

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 intimate 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. For more information on the next Safer Internet Day and how you can get involved – click here.

We work alongside 30 other centres across the European continent. Since 2022, we have been part-funded by Nominet – the public benefit company that operates and protects .UK internet infrastructure and uses surplus funds to support projects that promote digital inclusion. Prior to that, we were appointed and part-funded by the European Commission as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK.

“As part of our everyday responsibility to manage and keep secure the millions of .UK domains on our registry, we absolutely recognise the importance of UKSIC’s work and the benefit its services provide to children and adults to help keep them safe.  

“The UKSIC plays a vital role in tackling online abuse, sexual exploitation, and bullying. I am incredibly proud that Nominet has been able to secure this important work, in line with our unique role as a public benefit company.”

Eleanor Bradley

Managing Director, Registry & Public Benefit, Nominet

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