Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the role of Independent Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

We make the internet a safer place for children and adults across the world. Online child sexual abuse imagery is a worldwide problem, and our vision is to globally eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online. We are a global charity and a world leading organisation for the removal of such content. We work closely with police, governments and NGOs globally, and are supported by the internet industry and the European Commission.

This is a strategically important time for the IWF as we better position ourselves to eradicate the availability of child sexual abuse material online. We are ambitious to broaden our public impact, and ready to play a key role in responding to the Government’s Online Harms White Paper.

As we consider the challenges we face to enable us to have even greater impact, we need three independent trustees who will strengthen the board’s expertise in cyber security, the law and strategic finance.

We are seeking trustees who not only recognise their fiduciary and governance responsibilities but who are innovative, who can contribute to our strategy and who recognise and celebrate success. We need people who are enthusiastic, unafraid to take calculated risk, and who welcome stimulating boardroom debate and challenge. 

You will join a charity with a dynamic and engaged board and capable senior management team, who are committed to tackling this global problem. If you are excited about this opportunity, please read on.

Should you wish to have an informal chat with Susie Hargreaves, Chief Executive, in advance of submitting an application then please contact Emma Harvey at Peridot Partners on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk

Andrew Puddephatt
Chair

Susie Hargreaves OBE
Chief Executive

ABOUT Internet Watch Foundation

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) makes the internet a safer place for children and adults across the world.

We’re a not-for-profit organisation, supported by the internet industry, and the European Commission.

We work closely with police, governments and NGOs globally.

For 23 years we’ve given people a safe place to report imagery anonymously, now covering 26 countries.

We assess every report we receive. If it shows the sexual abuse of a child, we make sure the image or video is removed. To do this effectively, we develop new technology and provide bespoke tools to our industry Members.

No child should suffer repeated abuse and victimisation.

Our work relies on compassionate and resilient staff members, who are highly trained and carefully looked after.

We encourage others to play their part, whether it is reporting to us, funding us, or collaborating on the best technology and research.

The children in these pictures and videos are real. The suffering captured in this imagery and the knowledge that it could be shared can haunt a victim for life.

That’s why it’s our mission to eliminate this material for good. And to show every child there is someone out there who cares enough to help.

Our vision
Our vision is the global elimination of child sexual abuse imagery online.

What we do
Our remit is to minimise the availability of online criminal content.
Specifically:

  • child sexual abuse imagery* hosted anywhere in the world
  • non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK


Our aims
We work to:

  • eliminate child sexual abuse images and videos online
  • help victims by removing images of child sexual abuse from the internet
  • make the internet a safer place for children and adults to use


How we do this
We:

  • identify, assess, report and remove criminal child sexual abuse imagery online
  • provide a world class Hotline for anyone to report child sexual abuse imagery, securely and anonymously
  • actively search for child sexual abuse images and videos on the public internet
  • work with industry partners worldwide to remove images of child sexual abuse and stop them from being spread further
  • share our expertise and play an active role in the UK Safer Internet Centre


Tackling a global problem
Online child sexual abuse imagery is a global problem, which demands a global solution. The internet does not respect geographical borders, so we work in close cooperation with partners worldwide. This helps us to eradicate online images of child sexual abuse as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We:

  • work closely with the internet industry worldwide, partnering with law enforcement agencies, governments, charities and other hotlines, in the fight against online child sexual images and videos
  • develop and use emerging technologies to improve the identification and removal of images
  • use innovative tactics and services to minimise the global availability of child sexual abuse images and videos
  • research and analyse trends and data to help our Members and policy makers combat child sexual abuse imagery online
  • promote best-practice welfare for our staff who are working to eliminate child sexual abuse imagery


*We use the term child sexual abuse to reflect the gravity of the images and videos we deal with. Child pornography, child porn and kiddie porn are not acceptable descriptions. A child cannot consent to their own abuse.

2018 in summary:

  • We processed 230,000 reports (73% increase on 2017)
  • We removed 105,047 webpages showing the sexual abuse and sexual torture of children
  • These 105,047 webpages each contained up to thousands of images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children
  • 2 in every 5 of the webpages the IWF actioned for removal displayed the sexual abuse of children aged 10 years old and younger, with infants and babies featuring more than 1,300 times
  • As a direct result of our work, child sexual abuse content hosted in the UK has reduced from 18% in 1996 to below 1% today – specifically 0.04%
  • Content hosted in the UK is removed quickly – often in less than 2 hours
  • 148 industry Members including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft


Strategy
Online child sexual abuse imagery is a global problem, which demands a global solution. The internet does not respect geographical borders and the volume of online child sexual abuse imagery is increasing globally. Children are revictimised every time an image is viewed online. Criminals use technology to evade detection. The internet can become an unsafe place for children and adults.

Technology alone will not solve the problem; it has to be backed up by strong legislation, law enforcement action and importantly, a programme of education and awareness raising which promotes a zero-tolerance message to prevent people from trying to make, access and distribute child sexual abuse imagery online.

Over the past 23 years, the IWF has established itself as a world leading organisation for the removal of this heinous content, by searching out the images and videos and by offering the public a safe place to report them anonymously. In 2018, the IWF removed a record 105,000 webpages, which equated to millions of criminal images. Our work is necessary and vital. But if we are to make a lasting impact, we need to broaden our work. We currently work to stem the supply; in the future we should work on preventing child sexual abuse from happening in the first place by tackling the demand.

2019 marks a shift in direction into the ‘Prevent’ space. Over the next three years, we will reposition ourselves as a child-focussed organisation, working with other partners in the value chain to target our resources into preventing the crime from taking place. This will not replace the core work of the IWF which will continue alongside this new approach. Over the next three years we will continue to demonstrate our technical expertise by being ahead of technical changes ensuring we balance the need for work in both ‘Prevent’ and ‘Disrupt’.

Our aim is to be recognised as the thought leader in the field and the standard bearer for good practice. To achieve this we will, through our work, eliminate the taboo of talking about the reality of online child sexual abuse and the impact on its victims.

The regulatory landscape in which the IWF operates is also changing. A Regulator for a range of online criminalities and harms will be appointed and until 1 July 2019 the Home Office and DCMS are running a consultation looking at the detail of who the regulator will be, what standards will be set for internet companies and what enforcement powers the regulator will have. The IWF has a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of regulation in this area by applying its 23 years of expertise. At the same time, the IWF is rising to the clear challenge around transparency and accountability and working to develop best practice in demonstrating the efforts of the online industry in finding and removing child sexual abuse material.

To access our 2016-2020 strategy please click here

The IWF model
We are an independent body, currently funded by the EC and the wider online industry and our operations are covered by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). The IWF has no powers: the internet industry works with us on a voluntary basis and our track record shows that this has been highly effective. Our approach is widely recognised as a model of good practice in combating the abuse of technology for the dissemination of criminal child sexual abuse imagery.

Services
Further details about our services can be found on our website.

Governance and management
We are governed by a Board of 11 Trustees, which include an Independent Chair, six Independent Trustees, three Industry Trustees and one Co-opted Trustee. The Board elects two Vice-Chairs, one from the Industry Trustees and one from the Independent Trustees. The Board monitors, reviews and directs the IWF’s remit, strategy, policy, and budget to help us achieve our objectives. 

All IWF policies are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

All our Members nominate representatives to a Funding Council. The Funding Council elects three of its members to represent industry views on the Board. Our Independent Board members are chosen by an open selection procedure following national advertising. No Trustee may serve more than six years.

We became a registered charity in December 2004 to improve our structure and accountability. In 2007, we engaged in an overhaul of our governance and consultation processes to ensure our Board of Trustees direct strategy in the best possible way and that other relevant stakeholder views are fairly represented. These processes are ongoing and consistent with maintaining our independent status. 

Annual Report and accounts
To view our latest Annual Report and accounts please click below:

2018 Annual report

Staff Structure
The IWF is led by Susie Hargreaves OBE who has been CEO since 2011. She is supported by a four person senior management team.
There are 41 members of staff at the IWF: Organisational Structure
For further details please visit: IWF Website

about the role

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
Three Independent Trustees
Reasonable expenses will be paid
London/Cambridge

We’re looking for Trustees who want to be part of making the internet a safer place for children and adults across the world.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a not-for-profit organisation, supported by the internet industry, and the European Commission. We work closely with police, governments and NGOs globally.

For 23 years we’ve given people a safe place to report imagery anonymously, now covering 26 countries. We assess every report we receive. If it shows the sexual abuse of a child, we make sure the image or video is removed. To do this effectively, we develop new technology and provide bespoke tools to our industry Members, which now number 148 and include Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft.

No child should suffer repeated abuse and victimisation. As a direct result of our work, child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK have reduced from 18% in 1996 to below 1% today.

Creating real change:
Our work relies on compassionate and resilient staff members, who are highly trained and carefully looked after. We encourage others to play their part, whether it is reporting to us, funding us, or collaborating on the best technology and research.

The children in these pictures and videos are real. The suffering captured in this imagery and the knowledge that it could be shared can haunt a victim for life. That’s why it’s our mission to eliminate this material for good. And to show every child there is someone out there who cares enough to help.

Our future focus:
The future for IWF is full of ambition and change. We are in the process of developing our next five-year strategy to broaden our reach to the public, diversify our funding, develop campaigns to tackle the demand for child sexual abuse imagery, and respond to the Government’s Online Harms White Paper which brings greater regulation to the internet.

At this strategically important time, we wish to appoint three Independent Trustees who will help to shape IWF’s intent through ambitious, creative, independent, and informed thinking. 

Trustees will join our deeply engaged and accomplished board, which provides constructive challenge and support to our highly capable senior management team. We are also looking for two of these trustees to join our Finance Committee. 

We are looking for individuals with substantial strategic leadership experience. We are particularly looking for people with the following skillsets:

  • senior technical IT expertise, particularly in cyber security, ethical hacking or related areas (e.g. CISO, CTO, Head of Cyber Security etc);
  • senior legal expertise, ideally (though not essentially) focused on the internet, cyber security or communications;
  • senior financial leadership experience which could have been gained as a CFO, Finance Director or in a commercial leadership role, in the private, public or not for profit sectors.


However, we are also open to considering individuals with broader experience, in areas related to our work. Most importantly, the new Trustees will share IWF’s commitment to our vision of elimination of child sexual abuse images online. 

For a confidential discussion please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners: Emma Harvey on 07702 678653 or emma@peridotpartners.co.uk

 Closing date: 9am, Tuesday 28th May 2019

IWF is fully committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and we warmly welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates. We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age. All applications will be considered solely on merit.


















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