Reporting Sexual Images Online

ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online. As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.

The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.

The YOTI app has been verified as legitimate by the National Crime Agency.

Please follow the link below to the portal where images and videos for take down can be reported:

There are three simple steps to follow:

  1. Download YOTI – The easiest, most secure way to prove identity. Take a selfie and then a photo of your ID, like a passport, to verify it’s you.
  2. Report: Give details of the nude image and where it could be online (don’t worry if you don’t know all the details)
  3. Remove: The details will be reviewed and the IWF will work to have it removed

The IWF use image hashing technology. This means each photo has its very own ID and using this ID it can identify the image, and have it removed, wherever it is uploaded to the internet.

If you’re 18 or older, contact the website(s) where you’ve seen the image or video, or report it to the police.