International Child Helpline Day 2018: Website launched in Malawi for reporting child sexual abuse imagery

On International Child Helpline Day, the Internet Watch Foundation launches the Malawi Reporting Portal in partnership with YONECO, Malawi’s child helpline.

IWF Malawi Reporting Portal

To celebrate the Internet Watch Foundation’s partnership with Child Helpline International, a new online tool has been launched in Malawi today to protect both children and internet users. 

YONECO operates the country’s child helpline and, fittingly, will also host a reporting website, known as a Reporting Portal, which will allow Malawi’s citizens to anonymously report child sexual abuse imagery they may stumble across online so that the content can be removed.  

This means that, when it comes to the well-being of children, they are now further protected through online safety tools – protecting children as they use the internet, and protecting the child victims of sexual abuse.   

The new Portal supports the country’s determination to tackle child sexual abuse imagery online. Malawi has a customised IWF Reporting Portal, which is a simple web-based form. This is a safe and anonymous way to send reports directly to expert analysts who then assess the reports and have the content removed. Anyone can fill in a Report form

Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO, said: “Our aim is to prevent the victims of child sexual abuse from being revictimised the world over, as offenders view and share the disturbing images of their abuse over and over again. It takes a global effort to make this happen, and we’re very grateful to Malawi for implementing the Reporting Portal to help protect children.” 

Jenny Thornton, IWF International Development Manager, said: “The motto of Malawi is Unity and Freedom. It is therefore fitting that the united effort by IWF, Child Helpline International, YONECO, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and the Ministry of Gender has resulted in the launch of the Reporting Portal today. By giving citizens in Malawi a confidential place to report suspect illegal images they might see online, means they can enjoy the freedom of the digital world with confidence.” 

You can find more information here about IWF’s Reporting Portals.