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Sharing safeguarding knowledge to protect children in the UK

Our Library and Information Service provides quick and easy access to the latest information, research and resources on child abuse, child neglect and child protection to help you keep children and young people safe.


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We are the only UK library that specialises in safeguarding, child protection, child abuse and neglect.

  • Over 45,000 resources.
  • Free, direct access to online publications, including case reviews, research, training resources, video and audio recordings, textbooks, journal abstracts and reports from organisations and government (grey literature). 
  • Unique collection of case reviews and NSPCC research.
  • Access print-only books, journals and materials by appointment in our reading room in London.
  • Specialist enquiry service to help you find resources.
"I have found the NSPCC library and records teams to be incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating of my needs. There is a wealth of information and resources for researchers, and the teams offer fantastic support to access these."
Eve, Researcher


How we can help

How we can help

If you can't find what you're looking for on NSPCC Learning, contact our information specialists. We can search the library catalogue, compile a reading list or help you access our materials.


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"I must start by saying thank you so much for taking the time to provide me with this list. I think that this service is absolutely fantastic. I had a look at the list and it is exactly what I am looking for. Once again thank you for your help"

Community Partnership Advisor 

What we can help with 

We respond to over a thousand queries every year, helping find the information you need to help keep children safe.

Professionals ask us things like: 

  • Can you help me find evidence on what works in supporting children displaying harmful sexual behaviour?
  • How many children in the UK were abused last year?
  • Can you identify recent serious case reviews which involved child neglect?
  • Can you help me find resources to support my work with children around county lines and grooming?
"Thank you so much for turning this around so quickly. The NSPCC library lists look excellent and are likely to contain a number of papers that have yet to be identified by the team"

University Teacher


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Stay up-to-date

Stay up-to-date

We produce a range of email newsletters and share updates on Twitter to help you stay current with the latest in child protection and safeguarding news.

Case Reviews Update

A monthly email of the newly published case reviews that have been added to the National Collection of Case Reviews.

> Sign-up to Case Reviews Update

CASPAR weekly update

A weekly current awareness service of all the latest news in child protection policy, practice and research direct to your inbox.

> Sign-up to CASPAR

NSPCC Learning on Twitter

Daily updates on safeguarding news, events, guidance and resources.

> Follow @NSPCCLearning

Safeguarding in Education Update

A monthly email newsletter summarising all the safeguarding and child protection news schools and colleges need to know.

> Sign-up to Safeguarding in Education Update

Case reviews

National case review repository

The NSPCC Library holds the National case review repository.

Search for a case review

A case review is carried out by the local authority or agency when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. The reviews identify ways to improve how we safeguard children.

The repository provides unique access to:

  • over 2,000 reports dating back to 1945 from across the UK
  • thematic analysis reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Thematic briefings

We produce a series of briefings that summarise the learning from case reviews on a particular topic or tailored for a specific sector.

> Read our learning from case reviews briefings

Monthly updates

Every month we send an email alert about the new case reviews that have been published and added to the National case review repository. 

> Subscribe to the Case Reviews Update email

Social Policy and Practice

Social Policy and Practice database

Social Policy and Practice (SPP) helps professionals, practitioners, researchers and students find research and resources from across health and social care.

The database contains over 450,000 resources on topics including:

  • social work and social care services
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • child protection and safeguarding
  • child abuse and neglect
  • loneliness and social exclusion
  • vulnerable adults
  • special educational needs and disabilities
  • crime and youth justice.

Request a demo


SPP brings together information from:

  • NSPCC Library
  • Planex – IDOX Knowledge Exchange

It includes material from the Greater London Authority library and also offers access to the full database archives of:

  • AgeInfo (Centre for Policy on Ageing)
  • Social Care Online (Social Care Institute for Excellence)
  • Child Data (National Children’s Bureau).

SPP has been identified by NICE as a key resource for those involved in research into health and social care.

> Find out more and request a demo