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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 would highly recommend the NSPCC as a source of guidance, information and resources. What’s so amazing is that you are free of charge, timely and very helpful."

Operations Coordinator, Art School


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.

New in the Library

A weekly summary of new publications on child protection, safeguarding, child abuse and child neglect covering books, articles, reports and resources.

> Sign-up to New in the Library

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 Collection of Case Reviews

The NSPCC Library holds the National Collection of Case Reviews.

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 National Collection provides unique access to:

  • over 1,700 reports from England, Scotland and Wales dating back to 1945 (Northern Ireland reports are not publicly available)
  • thematic analysis reports for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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 the learning from case reviews

Monthly updates

Every month we send an email alert about the new case reviews that have been published and added to the National Collection of Case Reviews.

> 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 400,000 abstracts from journals, books and research reports on topic including:

  • children and young people
  • vulnerable adults
  • social work
  • special educational needs and disabilities
  • crime and youth justice
  • health and wellbeing.

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Social Policy and Practice brings together a consortium of authoritative UK organisations:

  • NSPCC Library
  • AgeInfo - Centre for Policy on Ageing
  • Planex - IDOX Information Service
  • Social Care Online - Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
  • ChildData - National Children’s Bureau (NCB) until its closure in January 2018
  • Greater London Authority (GLA) archive material.

Search multiple specialist collections in one comprehensive catalogue using the powerful Ovid research platform.

> Find out more and request a demo