Research and resources

Child protection and safeguarding information, advice and research

Search our directory for our latest research, child protection statistics, leaflets, practical guidance, briefings and evaluations that share what we've learned from our services for children and families.

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Improving local mental health services for children who have experienced abuse or neglect

Topics: Mental health Type: Research

Guidance on designing and delivering mental health services to vulnerable groups of children and young people, plus an annual assessment of Local Transformation Plans looking at how well they currently provide for these children.


Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Child sexual abuse and CSE Type: Practical guidance

Free online teaching resource in Welsh and English, to help raise awareness of positive relationships and gender equality.

Let children know you’re listening

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

Learning and practical resources to help adults respond to children disclosing abuse.

Relationships, health and sex education statutory guidance: CASPAR briefing

Topics: Schools Type: Briefing

Briefing on the DfE statutory guidance of what schools in England must and should deliver from 2020. 

How safe are our children?

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Statistics

An overview of the most up to date statistics on online abuse that exist in the UK.

Online abuse: learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews Online safety Type: Briefing

Lessons from case reviews published since 2008, where online abuse was a key factor.

Harmful sexual behaviour framework

Topics: Harmful sexual behaviour Type: Practical guidance

Framework to help local areas develop and improve multi-agency responses to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). Developed by the NSPCC, Research in Practice and Professor Simon Hackett.

Women as Protectors evaluation

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Child sexual abuse and CSE Type: Service evaluation

Evaluation of an NSPCC service to support women in safeguarding their children against men who pose a risk of sexual harm.

Protecting children from abuse by someone in a position of trust or authority

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Briefing

How to recognise, respond to and prevent abuse from people in a position of authority such as teachers, care workers and doctors. Covers current legislation and guidance.

Child protection plan and register statistics

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Statistics

Our series of factsheets pulls together the most up-to-date statistics on children who are the subject to child protection plan or on a child protection register for each of the UK nations.