The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that exists to eliminate child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from the internet.

In 2021, the Welsh Government became the first government body to become a member of the IWF. Hwb’s membership has been renewed for 2022-23 and IWF membership will now be a core part of Hwb in future years. Membership reaffirms our commitment to keeping learners safe online, contributes to the ongoing challenge of eliminating online child sexual abuse content globally and ensures the continuation of the IWF support and report services for victims.

We have also worked with the IWF to support their campaigns and make content available in Welsh.  Based on IWF 2020 data, the Gurls Out Loud and Home Truths campaigns aim to empower girls and warn parents of the risks posed by online predators. 

The CEO of the IWF, Susie Hargreaves OBE, also wrote a ‘View from the experts’ article for Hwb which was published in November 2021.

Preventing online child sexual abuse - our work with the IWF

  • Home Truths campaign

    Information and advice for parents and carers to support conversations with their children about online grooming

  • Gurls Out Loud campaign

    Advice for children and young people on how to safely handle inappropriate contact online

Views from the Experts – Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of the IWF

Read this article to find out more from Susie about the role of the IWF in making the internet a safer place for children across the world and the research behind their awareness raising campaigns.