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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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What should I do? NSPCC helplines report about online safety

Topics: Online safety Type: Research

Report about how Childline, the NSPCC helpline and O2 are responding to children’s and parents’ concerns about sexual content online.

Achieving emotional wellbeing for looked after children: a whole system approach

Topics: Looked after children Mental health Safeguarding and child protection Type: Research

We report on our work with 4 UK local authorities to design a care system that better promotes the emotional wellbeing of children in care. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.

Deaf and disabled children talking about child protection

Topics: Deaf and disabled children Type: Research

Research report into children's experiences of the child protection system.

Equally protected?

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Research

A review of physical punishment research published since 2008, commissioned by NSPCC Scotland, Children 1st, Barnardo's Scotland and the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland.

Getting it right for mothers and babies in Scotland

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Mental health Type: Research

Report outlining current provision of postnatal and antenatal mental health services in Scotland, and making recommendations for future developments.

Hurting inside: learning from the NSPCC helpline and Childline on neglect

Topics: Neglect Type: Research

What children are telling us about living with neglect and key statistics on contacts to our helplines about child neglect.

The landscape of child protection research in the UK

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Research

A mapping review of studies of child abuse and neglect in all four nations of the United Kingdom.

Preventing child sexual abuse: towards a national strategy

Topics: Child sexual abuse and CSE Safeguarding and child protection Type: Research

Why we must take action together to stop child sexual abuse before it occurs. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.

 

Realising the potential: tackling child neglect in universal services

Topics: Neglect Safeguarding and child protection Type: Research

Sets out a model showing the way universal services practitioners can provide effective early help for child neglect.

 

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.