We provide support, representation, and professional development for those working in child protection and safeguarding.
We believe access to research, sharing expertise, engaging with complexity, and informed policy-making, produce better outcomes for children and families.
Our vision is a world in which all children can grow up in safety and security, without risk of being abused or neglected.

40 years at the heart of child protection

This year we are proud to be celebrating our 40th year. Through sharing knowledge, research and examples of best practice, what started as a small inter-professional membership association grew and today we are the only multi-disciplinary professional membership association, with charitable status of its kind.


Author: Sian Brooke


There are many ways you can volunteer for the Association; if you are interested in donating your time or skills then please check our website regularly for current opportunities or contact the us at  [email protected]



What our members say

What can you gain by becoming an Association of Child Protection Professionals member? Find out what our members say by reading some of our member testimonials.



Join now

The Association of Child Protection Professionals is a charity which has been driving improvement in child protection for 40 years. We exist to help children by supporting the professionals who work with them. We provide access to research; quality and affordable CPD; and peer support to anyone working in child protection. Join the Association of Child Protection Professionals as a member today.


Author: Sian Brooke

Latest events

  • '40 years on…. celebrating innovative and excellent practice and research in child protection.'

    For 40-years we have been supporting professionals’ learning. To celebrate our anniversary, this conference will highlight real case studies of evidence-based practice, and practice informed evidence, and sharing the learning from these. Read more

  • ACEs: Critical Perspectives from Research and Practice

    What have we learnt from settings using ACEs and trauma-informed approaches about what to do, and what not to do to help children thrive? Read more

  • Working with parents who have mental health problems & the children that live with them

    Developing trauma-informed and inclusive practices in child protection. Read more

  • Affluence and safeguarding children workshop

    This hands-on, discussion event will be based around case studies from practice, primarily from those working in health within the independent school sector, as school GPs or nurses.  The main focus of the event is peer learning, and it will also include an opening talk, as well as a research overview.  Read more


  • What makes for effective training?

    In January 2018, I was both surprised & delighted to be the first recipient of the BASPCAN/NSPCC Trainer of the Year award.  I’ve recently been asked to share my thoughts on training; how I’ve developed myself as a trainer and other aspects that may be of interest to others, which I’m delighted to do.  One size never fits all, but hopefully this blog will be of interest to training colleagues! So, what makes for effective training? I have a few thoughts which I’m happy to share . Read more

  • Are children today seen and heard?

    This blog, which is aimed at all those whose work brings them into contact with children and young people, questions why, despite these improvements, the burgeoning children’s rights agenda, and the promises of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989, children continue to be marginalised, with their disenfranchisement contributing to both their invisibility and the risk of harm. Read more

  • Compassion Fatigue – What every social worker must know

    "I am always amazed by the lack of knowledge about compassion fatigue, the impact on parents and carers of vulnerable children AND their social workers. After all, it is the one thing most likely to be causing significant issues within a family including withdrawal, rejection and emotional disconnection." Read more