The Association of Child Protection Professionals is a registered charity and membership association.

We provide education and professional development opportunities for those working in child protection.

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


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What our members say

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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.'

    The Association of Child Protection Professionals is delighted to announce a conference to be held in November 2019, which marks the 40th anniversary of the founding BASPCAN as the only charity and membership organisation specifically serving child protection professionals in the UK. Read more

  • Joint events with Child and Family Training

    The Association of Child Protection Professionals are planning a series of events with Child and Family Training in late 2019 and early 2020. They will be held in York, London and Birmingham. Read more

Research and Policy

  • Whose outcome is it anyway? Rethinking ‘outcomes’ in child care and protection

    Being outcome led is a primary concern for social work practice. There is a need to address the priorities of vulnerable people within limited resource availability and organisations must be accountable for the services they deliver. Further, identifying good outcomes can help justify intrusion into an individual’s life. Yet what are and how should they be identified and measured in social work practice? It’s not rocket science, is it? An outcome is the result of a chain of events; or is it? Read more

  • (In)stability- parental substance misuse and child protection

    ‘Their recycling bin is always full of bottles’ the teacher said to me. I am a social worker doing an assessment with a child where there are concerns about parental alcohol misuse. I know that the teacher is trying to be helpful: to tell me that the parents misuse of alcohol is – potentially -longstanding. Eight or so years on, and I can more readily pick apart how the teachers words reflect wider debates and issues in child protection, not least relating to the surveillance of (some) families. Read more

  • Tackling sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse in Higher Education – valuable lessons for primary, secondary and further education settings.

    The issues of sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse on University campuses have received increasing recognition over the last ten years thanks to campaigns by the National Union of Students (NUS, 2010, Cambridge, 2014). In 2014, Public Health England commissioned a review to assess the international evidence regarding ‘what works’ in preventing these problems in a University context. Read more