Reporting illegal Images

Whilst the information and advice detailed below concerns a UK based ‘foundation’, the States of Jersey Police work closely with a variety of similarly located organisations.

Therefore information in respect to such illegal images and content on the web can be made either directly to the IWF or indeed via the States of Jersey Police.

As highlighted below the aim being to minimise the availability of illegal content in order to protect internet users.

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The Internet Watch Foundation

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) operates the only internet ‘hotline’ in the UK for reporting illegal images on the web.

What can you report?

The IWF deals only with material that falls into the following categories:

  • Child abuse images (also known as ‘child pornography’)
  • Criminally obscene content which means images featuring acts of extreme and violent sexual activity
  • Criminally racist content which may provoke racial hatred by reference to skin colour, race, nationality, or ethnic origin

How do I report?

Go to the IWF website and complete the step-by-step form. The form is easy to navigate and reports can be submitted anonymously.

Why should I report?

Reports from the public help us to combat this content and where possible, have it removed. This makes the internet a safer place for everyone.

Don’t ignore it, report it!

Child abuse images reflect the real abuse of a child and your reports to the hotline might help the authorities to trace and rescues a young victim from further abuse.

If you genuinely stumble across such images accidentally, or are inadvertently exposed to them you must report them to the IWF.

It is an offence to deliberately seek out illegal images and purposely viewing child abuse images can carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

More about the IWF

Working in partnership with Police, Government, the internet and mobile industries, the IWF provides a free service for the general public which is aimed at minimising the availability of illegal content to protect internet users.

Internet Watch Foundation website


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