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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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. 

Example online safety policy statement and agreement

Topics: Online safety Type: Practical guidance

Use these examples to create an online safety policy statement and online safety agreement for your organisation. 

Example anti-bullying policy statement

Topics: Bullying Type: Practical guidance

A template anti-bullying policy statement you can tailor to the context of your organisation to help keep children safe.

Example safeguarding policy statement

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

A template policy statement you can tailor according to the context of your organisation.

Example consent form

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

Every organisation that provides activities for children and young people needs to gain consent from parents or carers for their child to participate. Use this example of a consent form to write a document that aligns with your safeguarding policies and procedures. 

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.

Child deaths due to abuse or neglect: statistics briefing

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Statistics

This briefing looks at what available data can tell us about child deaths due to abuse or neglect, to help professionals, and the organisations they work for, make evidence based decisions.

Harmful sexual behaviour: statistics briefing

Topics: Harmful sexual behaviour Type: Statistics

This briefing looks at what available data can tell us about harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) to help professionals, and the organisations they work for, make evidence based decisions.

How safe are our children?

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Statistics

A compendium of all the latest UK child abuse and child protection data.

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.