Child Protection Evidence – guidance and resources

Below are some external links and national guidelines you may find useful in relation to Child Protection Evidence.

UK National guidance informed by the Child Protection Evidence systematic reviews

NSPCC flyers for health professionals working with children

This series of resources details aspects of physical child abuse and are based on collaborative work by the NSPCC and Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Reviews at Cardiff University. The information contained within the below resources will be of use to a wide range of professionals in different disciplines who work with young peoples and their families.

External links

The following links will direct you to websites operated by parties other than the Child Protection Systematic Reviews. Whilst we take care to ensure that these links are active and the websites are reputable and accurate, we cannot guarantee this. The inclusion of links to such websites is for your convenience only, and does not imply any endorsement of the content of such sites.

  • The Alberta Research Centre for Child Health Evidence (ARCHE) is a research entity under the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, established in 2000 to create an evidence base for decision-makers and child health practitioners.
  • The British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) is a membership association for professionals and volunteers working in child protection who can demonstrate active participation or interest in the aims of the Association.
  • California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) is a valuable site for identifying recent evaluations of interventions and prevention in child protection. The site provides a searchable database of rigorously assessed and approved programs that can be used by professionals serving children and families involved with the child welfare system.
  • Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO)  aims to help those working in children’s services improve the life chances of all CYP, in particular those who are most vulnerable.
  • Child Abuse Professional Network (CAPnet) is the only worldwide Internet center reserved for professionals in the field. Their network is limited to people in those professions that work specifically on behalf of the identification, investigation, treatment, and prevention of familial child abuse and neglect.
  • Child Family and Community Australia: quality, evidence-based publications and resources for professionals in the areas of protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities.  This site was previously known as the National Child Protection Clearinghouse (NCPC), an information, advisory and research unit focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect and associated family violence. Their site has now been archived.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway (formerly National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect) provides information to help protect children and strengthen families. They provide details on topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption.
  • CHILDREN 1ST have 125 years’ experience of working with children and families, previously as the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC). They support families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them to recover from abuse and promote children’s rights and interests.
  • Children and Young People’s Research Network Wales (CYPRN) is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and is one of 17 Registered Research Groups established to promote research & development in Wales within the National Institute for Social Care & Health Research Clinical Research Centre (NISCHR CRC).
  • Current Awareness Service for Policy, Practice and Research (CASPAR) provides latest news of all the new developments in child protection.
  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), founded in 1977, is the only multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work towards the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally.
  • National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is the leading national charity which supports children, young people, families and those who work with them. They aim to improve the well-being of children and young people across every aspect of their lives.
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)‘s evidence-based guidance and other products help resolve uncertainty about which medicines, treatments, procedures and devices represent the best quality care and which offer the best value for money for the NHS.  NICE also produce public health guidance recommending best ways to encourage healthy living, promote wellbeing and prevent disease.
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) was founded in 1884 and their vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK. Find out more about how they are ending child cruelty, how the NSPCC is organised and their history. 
  • Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) undertake research syntheses, descriptive and exploratory studies, and evaluations of existing programs and innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families.
  • Research in Practice (RIP)‘s mission is to build the capacity for evidence-informed practice in children’s services.  They support a network of Partners to move forward together, fostering a lasting culture shift in using evidence-informed practice to improve the lives of children, young people and families. Their work is about bringing together practitioner expertise with formal research evidence – creating new knowledge, new skills and a new energy to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is responsible for training and examining paediatricians in the UK. The College has over 13,500 members in the UK and abroad and sets standards for professional and postgraduate medical education.
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. They are an independent charity working with adults, families and children’s social care and social work services across the UK.
  • Translational Research on Child Neglect Consortium (TRCNC)  was awarded a grant to continue the preliminary effort created by federal program staff to bring disparate fields together to tackle the public health issue of child neglect by advancing translational science as part of the Federal Child Neglect Research Consortium.  Through this next generation of research collaborations, participants at the TRCNC meeting will include members of the original Federal Child Neglect Research Consortium, invited guest speakers, federal partners, diverse postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty and interested community partners.
  • The Healing Foundation Children’s Burns Research Centre is a consortium led by the University of Bristol in partnership with the University of the West of England, Cardiff University, University of Bath and North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT). Their mission is to develop a UK research centre of world-leading excellence crossing clinical and academic boundaries for real patient benefit, to prevent burns and improve the outlook of children with burn injuries.