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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Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Briefing

An explanation of the guidelines for balancing the need to listen to children’s wishes with the responsibility to keep them safe.

Share Aware resources for schools and teachers

Topics: Online safety Schools Type: Practical guidance

Download our free Share Aware lesson plans and classroom guidance to help teach your class to stay safe online.

It's Not OK: teaching resources about positive relationships

Topics: Schools Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

Videos and lesson plans for children and young people aged 11+ covering positive relationships, how to recognise concerning or abusive behaviour and what to do about it. 

Looked after children: statistics briefing

Topics: Looked after children Type: Statistics

This briefing looks at what available data can tell us about looked after children to help professionals, and the organisations they work for, make evidence based decisions.

Example self-disclosure forms

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

These example self-disclosure forms can be used as part of your recruitment process for staff and volunteers, helping to ensure you have the safeguarding policies and procedures in place that you need to keep children safe. 

Safeguarding self-assessment tool and checklist

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Voluntary and community sector Type: Practical guidance

An online safeguarding tool for organisations working with children and young people from 0-25 years. Easy to use online checklist covers key safeguarding areas and essential resources.

Reunification: an evidence-informed framework for return home practice

Topics: Looked after children Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

A tool to support social worker's professional judgement about if and how a child should return home.

'Letting the Future In' for children with learning disabilities

Topics: Child sexual abuse and CSE Type: Service evaluation

Evaluation of Letting the Future In for children with learning disabilities (LTFI-LD), a service that was developed for therapeutic intervention with children and young people affected by sexual abuse. 

Childline annual review

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Research

What children and young people have been talking to Childline about over the last year.

Protecting children from grooming

Topics: Child sexual abuse and CSE Online safety Type: Practical guidance

Explains what grooming is, how to recognise it and how people who work with children can respond to it.