Researchers required for an evaluation of our Safe Home service

Last updated: 17 Jun 2019 Topics: News Type: News

We're seeking researchers or a research organisation to evaluate our service for parents on harmful sexual behaviour

What is Safe Home?

Safe Home is a psycho-educative and therapeutic programme for the parents and carers of young people who have been involved in problematic or harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).

It was developed to address recommendations from the NICE HSB guidelines (2016) and our HSB framework (Hackett, Branigan and Holmes, 2019) to work with parents and carers alongside interventions for children and young people.

Delivered by NSPCC staff through our National Consultancy Assessment and Treatment service (NCATS), the 12-15 session programme takes place alongside intervention work with children and young people.

The service aims to:

  • improve parents’ knowledge of harmful sexual behaviour
  • give them an understanding of pathways and risk factors for harmful sexual behaviour
  • help them recognise patterns of problematic behaviour and know how to intervene.


We are now looking for a research partner to evaluate the feasibility of the Safe Home service using quantitative and qualitative methods.

The research will focus on:

  • understanding the perspectives of practitioners, team managers and parents and carers on what works well about the programme and what could be improved
  • whether any progress has been made by parents and carers attending the programme
  • the completion rate for the revised programme, reasons for non-completion and how much progress parents/carers had made at the point of stopping the programme.

Request for proposals

We are seeking proposals from researchers with experience of carrying out evaluations of services for children, young people, parents and families. The project will start in September 2019 and will deliver the final reports by March 2022. 

Please express an interest to The closing date for the completed tender form is Friday 5 July.


Hackett, S., Branigan, P. and Holmes, D. (2019) Harmful sexual behaviour framework: an evidence-informed operational framework for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviours. 2nd ed. London: NSPCC.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2016) Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people: NICE guidance. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).