Contributing to the evidence around preventing and responding to child abuse
The NSPCC's research activities are designed to grow our understanding of preventing child abuse, stopping it when it happens and lessening the impact on children.
We deliver, partner, fund and commission research to:
- look at whether services that support children and their families work and how they might be improved
- gather the views of children and families on key issues through interviews, focus groups and creative methods
- carry out reviews of existing evidence
- conduct original research and evaluation with professionals, children and young people, parents and carers.
We provide research advice to NSPCC colleagues carrying out research activities and we manage formal research ethics and governance through a proportionate review process and the NSPCC's Research Ethics Committee. Our work supports the development of campaigns, services and policy within the NSPCC and, additionally, we engage with partners and colleagues outside the organisation to drive research and data collection relating to child maltreatment.
Browse recently published NSPCC research, briefings and findings that share the latest insights about children, young people and their families.
Research governance and ethics
Our research review process aims to provide a thorough, impartial examination of the ethical issues in a collaborative and proportionate way to facilitate safe and ethical research. Our guides set out the process principles we follow when conducting research.
We also have guidance for researchers on what to consider when carrying out research with children.