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Protecting children from abuse by someone in a position of trust or authority

Published June 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Provides information on how to recognise, respond to and prevent abuse from people in a position of authority such as teachers, care workers and doctors.

Keeping children safe in education: CASPAR briefing

Published June 2022

Type: CASPAR briefing

Topics: Schools

A summary of the key changes to Keeping children safe in education – England's statutory safeguarding guidance for schools – which will come into force on 1 September 2022.

CASPAR briefings

Published June 2022

Type: CASPAR briefing

Summaries for key reports and statutory and non-statutory guidance.

NSPCC Learning Podcast

Published June 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Prefer audio? Our podcast covers a range of child protection issues to inform, create debate and tell you about the work that we do to keep children safe.

National review murders Arthur Labinjo-Hughes Star Hobson CASPAR briefing

Published June 2022

Type: CASPAR briefing

This briefing summarises the findings and recommendations from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel's review into the circumstances leading up to the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson in 2020.

Childline and NSPCC Helpline statistics

Published May 2022

Type: Statistics

Find out more about the calls and contacts received by our helpline services.

Childline posters and wallet cards

Published May 2022

Type: Leaflets and posters

Topics: Schools

Our series of posters and wallet cards encourage children to contact Childline if they need to talk.

Independent review children's social care: CASPAR briefing

Published May 2022

Type: CASPAR briefing

This CASPAR briefing summarises findings from the independent review of children's social care's final report on the children's social care system in England.

Look, Say, Sing, Play early years resources to use and share with parents

Published May 2022

Type: Leaflets and posters

A set of resources to help parents interact with their baby, boosting child development and setting up positive behaviour as their child grows.

Photography and sharing images guidance

Published May 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Read our guidance to help you think about and mitigate the risks involved with making and sharing images of children and young people.

E-safety for schools

Published March 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Online safety support and resources for schools and colleges including training, teaching resources, information for parents, IT systems requirements and ongoing monitoring.

Key safeguarding legislation and guidance for schools

Published March 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Schools

Details guidance and legislation that sets out the safeguarding responsibilities of schools and colleges in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Online safety resources for schools and organisations

Published March 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Online safety

Browse our range of online safety resources to help schools and organisations keep children and young people safe online.

Safeguarding considerations for getting changed at school

Published February 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Summarises best practice on changing areas and supervising children and young people, including those with additional needs, when getting changed for activities.

Example safeguarding policy statement

Published February 2022

Type: Practical guidance

We've designed a template to help you write a document that reflects the safeguarding needs of the children and young people your organisation works with.

Child sexual exploitation by organised networks investigation report: CASPAR briefing

Published February 2022

Type: CASPAR briefing

A summary of the Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) investigative report on the sexual exploitation of children by networks in England and Wales.

The impact of coronavirus (COVID-19): statistics briefing

Published February 2022

Type: Statistics

View the data available on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID) pandemic on the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and their families in the UK.

Children's experiences of legal but harmful content online

Published February 2022

Type: Helplines insights

Topics: Online safety

This insight briefing focuses on experiences of pornography and content promoting or glorifying eating disorders, self-harm and suicide.

Example consent form for activities and events

Published January 2022

Type: Practical guidance

Download and use our template to create a consent form for your organisation that will help you collect the information and permissions required.

Child protection plan and register statistics

Published January 2022

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.

Emotional abuse: statistics briefing

Published December 2021

Type: Statistics

Find out the data available on emotional abuse, including the scale of the issue and the characteristics of children who experience emotional abuse.

The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people: insight from the voices of parents and carers

Published December 2021

Type: Helplines insights

Topics: Domestic abuse

This briefing uses insight from NSPCC helpline contacts and Childline counselling sessions to highlight the impact domestic abuse is having on children and young people.

Harmful sexual behaviour: learning from case reviews

Published December 2021

Type: Learning from case reviews

Provides learning for professionals around responding appropriately to children and young people who have displayed HSB or been impacted by it and assessing their needs.

Child deaths due to abuse or neglect: statistics briefing

Published December 2021

Type: Statistics

Our briefing compiles available data and statistics on how many children have died due to abuse or neglect to help you make evidence-based decisions about child protection.

Early years sector: learning from case reviews briefing

Published November 2021

Type: Learning from case reviews

Provides learning for practitioners working in the early years sector around identifying abuse and applying professional curiosity to keep children aged five and under safe.

Anti-Bullying Week 2021 resources

Published November 2021

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Bullying

Take a look at our range of resources to support the prevention of bullying from templates, training, leaflets and guidance to podcast episodes.

The case for change: independent review of children’s social care in England: CASPAR briefing

Published October 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Summarises findings from the independent review of children’s social care, The case for change, and looks at the needs, experiences and outcomes of children supported by social care in England.

Young parents: learning from case reviews

Published October 2021

Type: Learning from case reviews

What to consider when working with young parents to ensure both the parents and their child are protected from potential risks and factors.

Summary of “The myth of invisible men”: safeguarding children under one from non-accidental injury caused by male carers: CASPAR briefing

Published September 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Read our summary of the findings from the third national review by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel for England, on babies harmed by fathers and stepfathers.

Summary of National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021: CASPAR briefing

Published September 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Read a summary about the revised child protection guidance for people working with children in Scotland.

Physical abuse: statistics briefing

Published September 2021

Type: Statistics

Explores the data available about physical abuse, including the scale of the issue and the characteristics of children who experience physical abuse.

Updates to sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges guidance: CASPAR briefing

Published September 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

This briefing summarises the key updates to guidance on responding to sexual violence and harassment between children for schools and colleges in England.

Child protection records retention and storage guidance

Published July 2021

Type: Practical guidance

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

Child neglect: statistics briefing

Published July 2021

Type: Statistics

Pulls together all the data available about child neglect, including the scale of the issue and the characteristics of children who experience child neglect.

Home or out alone guide

Published June 2021

Type: Leaflets and posters

Topics: Parenting

A guide for parents and carers to help them decide when their child is ready to be at home alone or go out unsupervised. Includes a checklist of scenarios to work through.​

Relationships and sex education (RSE) resources for schools

Published June 2021

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Schools

Need help planning or delivering health, relationships, and sex education curriculum in England? Our RSE resources, guidance and training can help you with this.

A summary of the Care Inspectorate’s triennial review of initial case reviews and significant case reviews in Scotland: CASPAR briefing

Published June 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Topics: Case reviews

This briefing looks at findings from reviews of serious child protection incidents in Scotland, and examines evidence of the impact of reviews on child protection practice.

Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges: CASPAR briefing

Published June 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Provides an overview of Ofsted’s findings and recommendations from their rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges in England.

Resources on harmful sexual behaviour in schools including peer-on-peer sexual abuse and healthy relationships

Published June 2021

Type: Practical guidance

Use our range of resources on peer-on-peer sexual abuse and healthy relationships for schools and anyone who works or volunteers with children and young people.

Think B4 You Type: anti-bullying toolkit

Published June 2021

Type: Practical guidance

Our free resource is designed to help you support young people in designing and leading their own campaign around online bullying. Find out more about how the toolkit.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel annual report 2020: CASPAR briefing

Published May 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Provides an overview of the key messages and learning from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s annual report for 2020.

Annual review of LCSPRs and rapid reviews: CASPAR briefing

Published May 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Provides an overview of the key messages and learning from rapid reviews and Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (LCSPRs) produced in the last year.

Wales’ statutory guidance on child sexual exploitation: CASPAR briefing

Published April 2021

Type: CASPAR briefing

Find out what the Welsh government’s guidance around child sexual exploitation entails in volume 7 of Working together to safeguard people. Includes information on identifying, reporting, preventing and responding to sexual exploitation.

Child sexual abuse: statistics briefing

Published March 2021

Type: Statistics

How many children experience sexual abuse in the UK? Our briefing highlights key findings from the data and statistics about child sexual abuse.

Harmful sexual behaviour: statistics briefing

Published March 2021

Type: Statistics

Briefing on the data available about HSB, including scale of the issue, technology-assisted HSB and characteristics of young people who display HSB.

Looked after children: statistics briefing

Published March 2021

Type: Statistics

Explores the data and statistics available about looking after children, their experiences while in care and their outcomes to help professionals make evidence-based decisions.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: d/Deaf and disabled children

Published February 2021

Type: Helplines insights

This briefing uses insight from NSPCC helpline contacts and Childline counselling sessions to highlight the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on d/Deaf and disabled children.

Teenagers: learning from case reviews

Published February 2021

Type: Learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews

Published case reviews highlight that practitioners sometime struggle to work with teenagers who are experiencing complex issues. This briefing covers the key issues and learning for improved practice around working with teenagers.

Positive parenting

Published January 2021

Type: Leaflets and posters

Topics: Parenting

Working together to safeguard children: CASPAR briefing

Published December 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

Summary of key changes in the government's 2018 statutory guidance on safeguarding children and young people for England. Includes summary of further updates made in December 2020.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: schools

Published December 2020

Type: Helplines insights

We look at what children and young people have told Childline about being away from school and then returning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One in a series of briefings sharing insight from our helplines.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: online abuse

Published October 2020

Type: Helplines insights

Highlights the issues children, young people and adults have raised to Childline and the NSPCC helpline in relation to children being targeted for sexual abuse online during the pandemic. Includes a breakdown of key findings and themes.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: physical abuse

Published September 2020

Type: Helplines insights

Topics: Physical abuse

What have children and adults told the NSPCC helpline and Childline about physical abuse during the coronavirus pandemic? See our insight briefing for a breakdown of the key themes.

How safe are our children?

Published August 2020

Type: Statistics

Our report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the four nations in the UK.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: sexual abuse

Published August 2020

Type: Helplines insights

This briefing uses insight from NSPCC helpline contacts and Childline counselling sessions to highlight the impact of sexual abuse on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Research with children: ethics, safety and avoiding harm

Published August 2020

Type: Practical guidance

Explains what researchers need to consider when involving children in their research and includes information on ethics in child research and identifying potential risks.

Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI): CASPAR briefing

Published July 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

See our briefing on sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) in England from June 2018 to August 2019. Key findings are taken from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s review and includes key learning and recommendations.

Definitions and signs of child abuse

Published July 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

Explains the definition of child abuse and provides an insight into the different types of abuse as well as setting out general signs to keep an eye out for.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: domestic abuse

Published June 2020

Type: Helplines insights

Topics: Domestic abuse

This insight briefing uses insight from NSPCC helpline contacts and Childline counselling sessions to highlight the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Domestic abuse: learning from case reviews

Published June 2020

Type: Learning from case reviews

Understand more about the potential risks and impacts of children experiencing domestic abuse as well as what you can do to improve your practice when working with children and families.

Online abuse: learning from case reviews

Published June 2020

Type: Learning from case reviews

Lessons from case reviews published since 2008, where online abuse was a key factor.

What children are saying to Childline about coronavirus

Published April 2020

Type: Helplines insights

This briefing summarises key messages from children who have been talking to Childline about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation: CASPAR briefing

Published March 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

Key messages about the criminal exploitation of children and young people in England based on rapid reviews received by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel between July 2018 and March 2019.

Complexity and challenge: a triennial analysis of SCRs 2014-2017: CASPAR briefing

Published March 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

Key messages from the DfE's analysis of serious case reviews (SCRs) conducted in England.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel annual report 2018 to 2019: CASPAR briefing

Published March 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

Summarises key messages from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel's first annual review about serious safeguarding incidents in England.

National Child Protection Inspections 2019 thematic report: CASPAR briefing

Published March 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

CASPAR briefing

Summary findings from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services' report looking at how the police service protects children and young people in England and Wales.

Child sexual abuse in the family environment: CASPAR briefing

Published February 2020

Type: CASPAR briefing

A briefing summarising the findings from inspections of how agencies in England respond to child sexual abuse in the family.

Nominated child protection lead or designated safeguarding officer

Published February 2020

Type: Practical guidance

Example role description for nominated child protection lead, also known as Designated Safeguarding Officer/Lead (DSO/DSL), named person or child protection officer.

Child sexual abuse: learning from case reviews

Published January 2020

Type: Learning from case reviews

Highlights lessons from case reviews published since 2017 where child sexual abuse committed by adults was highlighted as a significant issue. Includes a summary of risk factors.

Wales safeguarding procedures: CASPAR briefing

Published December 2019

Type: CASPAR briefing

A briefing on the new Wales safeguarding procedures, focusing on the procedures relating to children and young people at risk of harm.

Recommended adult to child ratios for working with children

Published November 2019

Type: Practical guidance

Guidance on appropriate staffing and supervision ratios for children and young people. Includes best practices for organisations outside of education and early years sectors.

Disguised compliance: learning from case reviews

Published November 2019

Type: Learning from case reviews

Defines what disguised compliance is and why it's important that practitioners are able to recognise it. Includes lessons from case reviews published from 2014 onwards where disguised compliance is a key factor.

Handle with care

Published October 2019

Type: Leaflets and posters

Topics: Parenting

Advice you can share with parents you work with on safe, positive ways to hold and care for their baby and reduce the dangers of rough handling.

Voluntary agencies: learning from case reviews

Published October 2019

Type: Learning from case reviews

Looks at learning from published case reviews that specifically relate to the voluntary and community sector and highlights the key issues identified as well as how practice can be improved.

Introductory guide to safeguarding and child protection for the voluntary and community sector

Published September 2019

Type: Practical guidance

A step-by-step approach to help you set up safeguarding and child protection measures. For voluntary, community and faith organisations and groups working with children and young people aged 0-18.

Learning from inquiries and reports about safeguarding practice

Published September 2019

Type: Learning from case reviews

A compilation of findings and learning from published reports of inquiries and investigations into safeguarding practice in the voluntary and community sector.

Safeguarding and child protection standards for the voluntary and community sector

Published September 2019

Type: Practical guidance

A set of recommended standards to help voluntary, community and faith organisations keep children and young people up to the age of 18 safe. Includes templates, examples and links to further information.

Let children know you’re listening

Published July 2019

Type: Practical guidance

Evidence-informed resources to help you ensure children always feel listened to - watch the animation, follow the tips and display the poster.

Relationships, health and sex education statutory guidance: CASPAR briefing

Published June 2019

Type: CASPAR briefing

Topics: Schools

Summary of the DfE guidance on what schools in England must deliver for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education from 2020.

Harmful sexual behaviour framework

Published June 2019

Type: Practical guidance

A framework to help local areas develop and improve multi-agency responses to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB).

NSPCC Helpline posters

Published April 2019

Type: Leaflets and posters

A series of posters to encourage adults to contact NSPCC Helpline if they are worried about a child.

Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines

Published February 2019

Type: CASPAR briefing

Find out how these guidelines are used to decide whether a child is mature enough to make decisions about things that affect them.

It's Not OK: teaching resources about positive relationships

Published January 2019

Type: Practical guidance

Our It's Not OK teaching resources can be used with children and young people aged 11+ and is designed to help them recognise concerning behaviour and identify characteristics of positive relationships.

Parents' leaflets

Published November 2018

Type: Leaflets and posters

Topics: Parenting

We have a variety of leaflets and resources which you can share with parents and carers to provide useful information and help make conversations about keeping their child safe easier.

Safeguarding considerations for before and after school (dropping off and picking up)

Published October 2018

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Schools

Guidance for schools around ensuring children and young people are safely dropped off and picked up from school.

Stop TIME Online

Published September 2018

Type: Practical guidance

An anti-online grooming activity pack, helping keep children and young people safe online.

Serious Case Review Quality Markers

Published September 2018

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Case reviews

A set of 18 quality markers to help local agencies and reviewers in commissioning and conducting high quality case reviews.

Someone to lean on

Published September 2018

Type: Practical guidance

A guide for anyone who works or volunteers with a child or young person who has been sexually abused.

Telling about abuse

Published September 2018

Type: Leaflets and posters

A story in pictures providing advice for deaf adults to help them find out what what to do when they have child protection concerns about a child.

Telling about bullying

Published September 2018

Type: Leaflets and posters

A story in pictures providing advice for deaf adults to help them find out what they can do when a child is being bullied.

Head and spinal injuries in children: Core info leaflet

Published September 2018

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Physical abuse

A leaflet summarising what is known about the clinical presentation of inflicted head and spinal injuries in children.

Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14: Core info leaflet

Published September 2018

Type: Leaflets and posters

Topics: Neglect

A leaflet summarising how neglect and emotional abuse affects children aged 5 to 14. Part of the Core info leaflet series.

Neglect or emotional abuse in teenagers: Core info leaflet

Published September 2018

Type: Leaflets and posters

Topics: Neglect

A leaflet on what is currently known about teenagers’ experiences of neglect and emotional harm. Part of the Core info leaflet series.

Neglect and serious case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

A systematic analysis of neglect in serious case reviews in England, between 2003 and 2011.

The social baby

Published September 2018

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Early years

Issues to consider when looking at child abuse statistics

Published September 2018

Type: Statistics

Explores the different issues to consider when looking at service data, self-report data, trends and comparing statistics across different areas in relation to child abuse.

CAMHS: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

We provide a summary of the key issues and risks that child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) need to be aware of as well as what best practices CAMHS practitioners should follow.

Child sexual exploitation: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Highlights the key issues you need to be aware of when engaging with young people and compiles learning from case reviews to help you improve practice around CSE.

Culture and faith: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews

We look at lessons from case reviews published since 2010, where culture and faith were highlighted as significant issues. Includes summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice.

d/Deaf and disabled children: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

A summary of the key issues highlighted when working with d/Deaf and disabled children and how practices can be improved. Includes further reading materials.

Education: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Highlight how the education sector can improve safeguarding practice and what key issues they need to be aware of. Learning is taken from case reviews published since 2008.

Health: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews

Lessons from case reviews published since 2013, which have highlighted lessons for health professionals to improve safeguarding practice.

Hidden men: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews

This briefing highlights lessons from case reviews published since 2008, where agencies were unaware of men who posed a risk to the child or who could have protected the child.

Infants: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Summarises the potential risks posed to babies and children aged two and under in vulnerable families and improving practice to support new parents.

Neglect: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Take a look at what we've learnt looking at case reviews published since 2014, where neglect was a key factor.

Police: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

Topics: Case reviews

A summary of the risk factors and learning identified in published case reviews to help improve police safeguarding practice.

Returning children home from care: learning from case reviews

Published September 2018

Type: Learning from case reviews

A summary of risk factors and learning for improving practice for reunification and highlights key issues related to children returning home from care.

Making sense of relationships

Published September 2018

Type: Practical guidance

Topics: Schools
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