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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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Child protection records retention and storage guidance

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

Guidance to help organisations understand the principles of keeping and managing records about child protection concerns.

Photography and sharing images guidance

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

Guidance for photographing and recording children during events and activities

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

Sexting: advice for professionals

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

Advice about the dangers of sexting and what to do to help a young person who has received or sent an explicit image, video or message.

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.

Behaviour management and codes of conduct

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

Organisations need to have clear expectations about what behaviour is acceptable from adults and children. These example codes can help you write a document that reflects the safeguarding needs in your organisation and aligns with your policies.

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. 

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 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. 

Nominated child protection lead or designated safeguarding officer

Topics: Safeguarding and child protection Type: Practical guidance

Every organisation that works with children needs to have a person who takes the lead on safeguarding and child protection. Use this example role description to make sure everyone in your organisation understands this important role.