Safeguarding and child protection consultancy

How we can help

Our expert consultants will guide you through keeping children safe

Navigating the world of safeguarding and child protection isn't always easy, but we’re here to help. We can support you in reviewing your current safeguarding policy, give advice on a specific safeguarding challenge or create and facilitate training programmes for your team.

With over 125 years' experience in safeguarding and child protection, we've guided thousands of staff and volunteers from over 170 organisations through the most complex of challenges, making sure they feel confident in their responsibilities.

How we can help

We offer a range of services, all tailored to your nation's child protection system and your needs. Our experts understand concerns you may have about safeguarding, such as the difficulty in keeping up to date with changes in government policy, challenges of staff or volunteers not understanding their role in safeguarding, or worries about the impact a potential incident could have. We can take this worry off your hands.

Our knowledgeable consultants will spend the time to give expert focus to the right areas. And our teams have specialist knowledge and experience in safeguarding and child protection, including safeguarding for HR, education, d/Deaf and disabled children, and BAME and faith communities.

We'll make complex challenges simple and be on hand to answer any question, big or small. Whatever your needs, we’ll be there at every step.

How much does it cost?

We work with organisations across the UK, from small non-profits to large commercial clients, to provide consultancy services that are cost-effective and tailored to your specific requirements. We offer a free, no obligation, initial call to help you understand what help we can offer and how much it might cost.

What’s more, every penny we earn is invested back into our work to help children. So, by using our consultancy services, you’ll also be helping protect children from abuse and neglect across the UK.

 

Ready to take the next step?

If you want to find out more or discuss a particular challenge, call us on 0116 234 7246, email learning@nspcc.org.uk or enquire online.

 

Case studies

Case studies

Our team have specialist knowledge and experience in all areas of safeguarding and child protection and work with a range of organisations to help them keep children safe.

Below you'll find some examples of our work. However, every situation and challenge is different so we'll work with you to tailor our service to your particular requirements.

Updating safeguarding policies and procedures

Beacon House is an independent mental health service that works with at risk adults and children, many of whom have experienced abuse and other adversities. Having a concise and up-to-date safeguarding policy is crucial in helping to keep everyone they work with safe. Beacon House approached us because they recognised that they needed to broaden and update their existing safeguarding and safer recruitment policies.

An important first step after a safeguarding incident is to make sure an organisation has a clear governance structure and processes for managing allegations. Our consultant worked closely with their director to put these in place, to make sure that processes are followed and incidents are reported in line with legislation and guidance.

We provided the team at Beacon House with advice and resources to help improve their safeguarding policy, which included mentoring their director.

The results

Beacon House have now reviewed their processes and procedures, identified risk areas and made improvements to these. They have a bespoke safeguarding policy that staff are confident in using, along with things such as new guidelines for if children go missing and developed protocols around the disclosure of abuse. All of these things have been put into place to better protect any reputational risk to them and any harm to children.

Unfortunately, safeguarding incidents do happen. But we can help organisations to avoid them by having the right processes and procedures in place and making sure all staff are trained on these.

Providing a specialised safeguarding plan

Tate Britain held an exhibition by Turner Prize winning artist Steve McQueen from Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020. The work was a collection of photographs of year 3 classes from around London and was one of the most ambitious portraits of children that has ever been done in the UK. The process of photographing thousands of children, then displaying images of them, meant that a robust safeguarding plan had to be in place, and we were brought on board support Tate in their delivery.

Such a large task required meticulous work by our consultant who reviewed documents, identified potential risks and worked closely with Tate Britain to develop mitigations.

The results

An exhibition like this had never taken place before. With two thirds of London's seven to eight year olds taking part, there were many safeguarding aspects to consider and overcome, and we were able to provide reassurance to Tate Britain, the schools involved and thousands of parents.

Other NSPCC colleagues were also brought on board for specialist input around online safety, and the development of workshops for some of the schools involved.

Creating and delivering tailored training

The Harpur Trust provides support to the people of Bedford, giving grants and providing and promoting education. They work with schools in the area in a number of ways and came to us looking to develop a more advanced safeguarding course for their governors.

We met with their education advisor to understand their needs and what they wanted to achieve. We then helped to create tailored training materials and delivered them in sessions to the governors.

The results

The hard work of our dedicated consultant helped to build the confidence of both the education advisor and the governors. They now have up-to-date training for governors, who are able to carry out their roles more effectively, and provide additional support to safeguarding leads in their schools.

The education advisor has since replicated their training and used it with new governors and the work that we did with them will keep providing impact into the future.

Talk to us about your safeguarding needs

If you want to find out more or discuss a particular challenge, call us on 0116 234 7246, email learning@nspcc.org.uk or enquire online.

What our clients say

What our clients say

We've worked with organisations in a range of sectors, including education, health, the arts, travel, leisure and faith and voluntary groups. We always go above and beyond to give tailored guidance that’s so much more than just ticking boxes. We work with you to embed a strong safeguarding culture in your organisation that helps staff proper and children thrive, well into the future.

But don't just take our word for it – see what our clients have to say…

"We have always had an excellent, professional service from NSPCC who are the experts in this field. The training has always been of the highest quality while also supportive of learners needs."

Group Head of Human Resources, Odyssey Trust

"After meeting an NSPCC representative we quickly realised that his expertise and knowledge would be essential in moving forward correctly with a sensitive storyline. The NSPCC’s involvement was crucial in the handling of this story: we could not have done it without them and I wouldn’t hesitate to use this facility again in future."

Television Producer, Rondo Media

"The consultant was really open and had a supportive working style. I never felt scrutinised, we had really good open dialogue. We will definitely reuse NSPCC. At the moment, we are thinking about reviewing our arrangements on a cycle."

Safeguarding manager, English Football League (EFL)

"I found working with the NSPCC's consultant an extremely rewarding experience. From the start, [she] understood my organisation's needs and not only helped me design a bespoke safeguarding training package, but also identified what specific tutor methods to use for effective delivery."

Sports Development and Physical Recreation Manager, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Find out how we can help you

If you want to find out more or discuss a particular challenge, call us on 0116 234 7246, email learning@nspcc.org.uk or enquire online.