We provide education, support, representation, and professional development opportunities for those working in child protection and safeguarding.
We believe access to research, sharing expertise, discussing and engaging with complexity, and providing a strong practitioner voice in 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

  • Triennial Review Seminar

    A seminar drawing on learning from the Department for Education Triennial Review of Serious Case Reviews, 2015-2018. 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


  • Compassion Fatigue – What every social worker must know

    Read more

  • The toxicity of the term ‘toxic stress’

    Professor John Devaney examines whether the term "toxic stress" is still helpful to our understanding of child development, and in particular to professional practice. Read more

  • Domestic Violence and Toxic Stress

    Four-year-old Rory was tense as he stood at the door of his nursery playroom.  He balled his fist…and punched.  Within seconds I crouched down by his side.  I enveloped his fist in my hand – Rory was trembling, his muscles taut and ready.  I put my arm around Rory’s waist to guide him gently away from the scene.  Rory’s heart was beating rapidly, too fast for a little child at play.  Beaded sweat dampened his curly hair.  This is toxic stress. Read more