NSPCC Research

Browse recently published NSPCC research, briefings and findings that share the latest insights about children, young people and their families.

NSPCC Research

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Look Say Sing Play evaluation

Published August 2022

Type: Research

Find out what we’ve learnt about delivering Look, Say, Sing, Play which aims to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect by educating parents about the importance of interacting with their babies.

Childline and NSPCC Helpline insight briefings

Published May 2022

Type: Research briefing

Briefings highlighting what children and young people tell us about the issues affecting them.

Enhancing the Childline counselling model

Published May 2022

Type: Research briefing

Topics: Help-seeking

An evaluation of how the Childline counselling model was enhanced and implemented to meet the changing needs of children and young people.

Together for Childhood design principles evaluation

Published May 2022

Type: Service evaluation

Find out what we’ve learnt about how the Together for Childhood design principles are working in practice and the differences Together for Childhood is making in local communities.

Hearing stories of change Together for Childhood evaluation

Published May 2022

Type: Service evaluation

Learn about the Transformative evaluation method used to evaluate Together for Childhood, a place-based project that aims to make communities safer for children.

Why children seek help in non-face-to-face settings review

Published January 2022

Type: Research

Topics: Help-seeking

A commissioned review by Listen Up that explores what factors can influence children and young people's decision to seek help in non-face-to-face settings and how identity plays a part in help-seeking behaviour.

Graded Care Profile 2 case study evaluation

Published January 2022

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Neglect GCP2

Understanding how the Graded Care Profile 2 assessment tool for neglect supports families and practitioners to achieve change.

‘Talk to Me’ tool: review of pilot simulations

Published December 2021

Type: Research

Topics: Schools

Evaluation of our immersive tool to help adults with  talking to children about difficult topics, like abuse.

Evaluating Speak out Stay safe programme

Published October 2021

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Schools

An independent evaluation was commissioned to examine whether our SOSS programme increases children’s understanding of abuse and what its impact is in primary schools.

Childline message boards evidence briefing

Published October 2021

Type: Research briefing

Topics: Help-seeking

Find out how young people benefit from using the Childline message boards to support their help-seeking journey.

Reviewing NSPCC evaluation research direct services

Published September 2021

Type: Service evaluation

What we have learned from our approach to programme design, delivery and evaluation over the last decade.

Keeping Safe cluster randomised trial evaluation

Published September 2021

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Schools

Read our research on how the Keeping Safe primary school programme helped to increase knowledge and understanding of abuse concepts in children, parents, carers and teachers.

Keeping Safe process evaluation: views experiences children parents and schools

Published September 2021

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Schools

A process evaluation of our primary school programme about recognising abusive behaviours, exploring the views of children, parents and school staff taking part in the programme.

Keeping safe process evaluation special schools

Published June 2021

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Schools

Read how the NSPCC’s Keeping Safe programme has been implemented in schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Northern Ireland.

Sustainability of delivering NSPCC services

Published May 2021

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Family support

This report looks at the sustainability and effectiveness of organisations implementing and delivering NSPCC services for local areas.

Pregnancy in Mind virtual service evaluation

Published May 2021

Type: Service evaluation

We conducted an evaluation to see how our virtual preventative mental health programme, Pregnancy in Mind, supported parents during COVID-19 and how effective it is when compared to the face-to-face programme.

Sharing the Science evaluation

Published March 2021

Type: Service evaluation

Read our evaluation a programme to help parents and professionals gain a better understanding of the impact of early adversity of child brain development.

Delivering local direct services children families COVID

Published March 2021

Type: Research

The NSPCC’s local services for children and families were adapted in 2020 to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about what our research highlighted and the learning you can take from it.

Volunteering with vulnerable families

Published January 2021

Type: Research

Topics: Family support

At the end of 2020, we commissioned a review of relevant literature around volunteers supporting vulnerable families. Discover more about the research we found and what the key findings were.

Learning from adapting the Baby Steps programme in response to COVID-19

Published December 2020

Type: Service evaluation

Find out how we've been ensuring that parents and families continue to receive the perinatal support they need during the pandemic and what we've learnt from the process.

Still here for children: experiences of NSPCC staff during coronavirus

Published December 2020

Type: Research

Our report covers the experiences of NSPCC staff who have been supporting children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Implementation evaluation of InCtrl

Published November 2020

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Online safety

Read our evaluation report of InCtrl, a pilot NSPCC service for children and young people that aims to prevent technology assisted child sexual abuse (TA-CSA).

Challenges from the frontline

Published October 2020

Type: Research

Topics: Family support

Our report investigates the challenges posed by austerity and welfare reform to services working with vulnerable families in Scotland.

Impact evaluation scale-up Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together

Published September 2020

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Domestic abuse

We looked into the impact of scale-up sites delivering DART in comparison to families who previously attended the service at the NSPCC. The service is aimed at mothers and their children who've been affected by domestic abuse.

Pregnancy in Mind process evaluation

Published September 2020

Type: Service evaluation

We conducted an evaluation of our Pregnancy in Mind's face-to-face service which is a preventative mental health service for parents. 

Harmful sexual behaviour: research briefing

Published July 2020

Type: Research briefing

Our summary of messages from research into HSB published in 2016 and 2017.

Social isolation risk child abuse during and after coronavirus pandemic

Published June 2020

Type: Research

Read our report summarising the risks to children’s safety due to the conditions created by the coronavirus crisis, and why these risks might intensify during the pandemic.

Implementation evaluation of Together for Childhood

Published November 2019

Type: Service evaluation

Learning from an evaluation of Together for Childhood, a preventative approach to child abuse and neglect that involves community engagement and partnership working.

How do children helplines measure their effectiveness?

Published September 2019

Type: Research

Topics: Help-seeking

A systematic review of effectiveness of Childline and the outcomes for children who contact the service, including evidence about children’s helplines across the world.

"Is this sexual abuse?"

Published September 2019

Type: Research

Report analysing the concerns being raised to Childline and the NSPCC helpline about peer sexual abuse.

Childline annual review

Published July 2019

Type: Research

Learn about what children and young people talked to Childline about in 2018/19. Also includes previous reports and thematic reports.

Supporting military families

Published April 2019

Type: Service evaluation

An evaluation of three NSPCC early intervention services aiming to improve the wellbeing of families in the military community.

No one noticed, no one heard

Published April 2019

Type: Research

Read our 2013 research into the childhood experiences of abuse of young men and women and how they disclosed and sought help.

Helping children recover from child sexual exploitation

Published March 2019

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Sexual abuse

We evaluated our Protect and Respect service which supports young people who have been or are at risk of being sexually exploited. Find out what the key findings were.

Letting the Future In for children with learning disabilities

Published December 2018

Type: Service evaluation

Evaluation of Letting the Future In for children with learning disabilities (LTFI-LD), a service to help children and young people with learning difficulties move on from sexual abuse.

Time for action on perinatal mental health care in Northern Ireland

Published November 2018

Type: Research

Topics: Mental health

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

Understanding childrens teachers views Speak out Stay safe

Published October 2018

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Schools

Evaluation of the NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe programme, which teaches school children to recognise and speak out about abuse and neglect.

10 years since the Byron Review

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Topics: Online safety

A decade after Professor Tanya Byron made 38 recommendations for government on keeping children safe online, are children safer in the digital world?

From bumps to babies: perinatal mental health care in Wales

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Topics: Mental health

Key findings and recommendations from the Perinatal Mental Health in Wales Project exploring how services are experienced by women and their partners.

Implementation evaluation deliver Graded Care Profile 2

Published September 2018

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Neglect GCP2

Review of how we supported organisations to use Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2), a evidence-based tool to measure the quality of care being given to a child and identify whether a child is at risk of neglect.

Implementation evaluation deliver Reunification Practice Framework

Published September 2018

Type: Service evaluation

What we learned from supporting local authorities to use an evidence-based resource for assessing whether or not to return a child or young person home from care.

Economic cost child maltreatment

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Topics: Impact of abuse

Preliminary study estimating the lifetime costs of child abuse and neglect

Children young people technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Research into the backgrounds and behaviours of boys and young men who engage in harmful sexual behaviours using online and mobile channels.

Impact online offline child sexual abuse

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Research into what young people and professionals say about the effects of offline and technology-assisted child sexual abuse, and how best to respond to it.

Implementation evaluation Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART)

Published September 2018

Type: Service evaluation

Topics: Domestic abuse

What we learned from supporting organisations to deliver Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together™, a service which helps mothers and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

The right to recover

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Topics: Sexual abuse

An overview of what happens to children following the disclosure or discovery of sexual abuse in the West of Scotland.

Turn the page final evaluation

Published September 2018

Type: Research

What works in a service for teenage boys who display harmful sexual behaviour.

Evaluation of the Letting the Future In service

Published September 2018

Type: Research

We commissioned a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in collaboration with the University of Bristol and Durham Univeristy to evaluate the impact and implementation of Letting the Future In.

Getting help

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Topics: Sexual abuse

​What children are telling Childline about the services they receive following sexual abuse.

Review children young people harmful sexual behaviour online

Published September 2018

Type: Research

What the evidence base can tell us about the online harmful sexual behaviours displayed by children and young people.

Child abuse neglect UK today

Published September 2018

Type: Research

Topics: Neglect
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