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REPORT REMOVE - New tool to empower children and young people to stop spread of nude images online

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) and North Yorkshire County Council are promoting a new tool to help young people keep themselves safe online, as part of our work to support children and young people. 

Childline and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) have launched a tool, which helps children and young people to report a nude image or video of themselves that has been shared online. The IWF can then take steps to remove it from the Internet. Given the recent Ofsted report and research from many other organisations, it is known that there are many reasons for taking/sharing and equally many barriers to reporting images and videos. It is therefore imperative that young people know that they can take action themselves and that something will be done.

Importantly, a young person can even report an image/video that hasn't been uploaded and shared. The IWF will assign a 'hash' (a digital fingerprint) to prevent the image being uploaded by anyone.

More information from the IWF can be found HERE and the Childline reporting tool, ‘Report Remove’, can be found HERE. We would urge you to raise awareness of the new service and share the information about the ‘Report Remove’ tool with young people and their parents/carers.

NYCSP would also like to highlight their newly launched Threshold Guide. The “Framework for decision-making: Right help, at the right time by the right person” – this has been developed to help and support practitioners working with children across all agencies and organisations, when faced with a decision about the safety and wellbeing of a child or young person. It is a collaborative approach to support and drive our shared ambition of the right help, at the right time from the right service and, importantly, from the right person.

For more information visit: Framework for decision-making: Right help, at the right time by the right person