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. 

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.

Recommended adult to child ratios for working with children

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

Guidance on appropriate levels of supervision for children and young people

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.

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.

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.

Parents' leaflets

Topics: Parenting Type: Leaflets and posters

Leaflets that professionals can share with parents to help them care for their children safely

Time for action on perinatal mental health care in Northern Ireland

Topics: Mental health Type: Research

Study into provision of support in Northern Ireland for women experiencing mental health problems during pregnancy and the year after birth.