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.

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Volunteering

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]

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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.

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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.

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Latest events

  • ACEs: What have we learned? Critical Perspectives from Research and Practice

    Join our experts for this important day of debate and shared experience with the very latest research and best practice. Read more

  • Interventions to address adverse childhood experiences - London 8 October 2020

    Practical skills and methods to address common patterns of parenting stresses and difficulties - and the effects on children and young people Read more

  • Interventions to address adverse childhood experiences - Birmingham 19 May 2020

    Practical skills and methods to address common patterns of parenting stresses and difficulties - and the effects on children and young people Read more

  • Interventions to address adverse childhood experiences - York 11 February 2020

    Practical skills and methods to address common patterns of parenting stresses and difficulties - and the effects on children and young people Read more

Blogs

  • Have we over-complicated safeguarding and created a self-serving industry?

    As a safeguarding manager I need to be assured and to provide assurance that we are getting it right, that we are equipping colleagues with the skills to ensure safeguarding is core to their practice, providing them with advice and support when they need it, and opportunity for supervision and reflection if required. And all of that, collectively, should mean we ensure children and vulnerable adults are safe in our care and when discharged home. Read more

  • Disruptors and child protection training

    In common parlance the term ‘disruptor’ can have a negative connotation, but forward-thinking innovators are changing our understanding of what this word means and the behavior it can be used to describe. ‘Disruptors’ are increasingly being seen as people or ideas that challenge the status quo and ultimately replace it with more effective and efficient ways of doing things. Read more

  • Our language matters –  Why we should stop using the term ‘Disclosure’ in child protection

    As a former child abuse investigator from the Metropolitan Police, I am familiar with the word ‘disclosure’.   The term is regularly used when receiving or providing a referral and I would often ask or be asked ‘Has the child made a disclosure?’. Read more