NSPCC Library

About the library
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Access the largest collection of child protection resources in the UK

The NSPCC Library is the only UK library that specialises in published materials on safeguarding, child protection, child abuse and related subjects.

We hold over 45,000 resources including inquiry reports and case reviews, training resources and text books, international journals and grey literature.

Our catalogue provides free direct access to many online publications, including case reviews and research reports. Books, journals and other printed materials are available for reference in our library in London – email learning@nspcc.org.uk to book a visit. Alternatively, you should be able to find most publications through your public or academic library, bookshops or journal publishers.


Search the library catalogue


Our Information Service can help with literature searches and information queries. Contact us with your enquiry.

Book a visit

Contact us to arrange a visit to our reference library in central London. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Email learning@nspcc.org.uk to book an appointment.

Alternatively, take a virtual tour of the library now:

Case reviews

National Collection of Case Reviews

Our Library hosts the national collection of case reviews – over 1,500 reviews from England, Scotland and Wales – and thematic analysis reports for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales dating back to 1945.

> Find a case review in the collection

We also produce short thematic briefings on learning identified in case reviews which can be accessed from the NSPCC Learning website.

> Find out more about case reviews

Every month we publish an email alert with information of the new case reviews added to the National collection of case reviews at the NSPCC.

> Subscribe to our monthly case reviews update email

Social Policy and Practice

Social Policy and Practice database

Social Policy and Practice (SPP) is a comprehensive subscription-based database of evidence and research in health and social care. It provides access to a growing collection of hundreds of thousands of abstracts from journals, books and research reports on topics including children and young people, vulnerable adults, social work, special educational needs and disabilities, crime and youth justice, and health and wellbeing.

The NSPCC is part of a UK consortium of organisations who work together to create Social Policy and Practice. Through one database we bring together the NSPCC Library catalogue with information from four of the UK’s leading collections of health and social care resources:

  • AgeInfo - Centre for Policy on Ageing
  • Planex - IDOX Information Service
  • Social Care Online - Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
  • Child Data - National Children’s Bureau (NCB) (to January 2018)
  • Greater London Authority (GLA) – archive material only

> Find out more about Social Policy and Practice or request a demo

Stay up-to-date

Stay up-to-date

Keep up-to-date with the latest additions to the library catalogue and case reviews collection with our library newsletters.

New in the Library is our weekly list of the new child protection, safeguarding, child abuse and child neglect books, articles and resources added to our library collection.

> Sign-up to New in the Library

Case Reviews Update is our monthly update of newly published case reviews added to the national collection.

> Sign-up to Case Reviews Update

Alternatively, follow us on Twitter @NSPCCLearning for daily safeguarding news and guidance updates, as well as new resources and offers.