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

  • 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

  • Interventions to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) London 8 October 2020

    This series of one-day courses in 2020 will be delivered in partnership with Child and Family Training. Read more


  • Using our direct experience of child abuse in safeguarding training – how and why

    “Hello! My name is Siobhan and I was sexually abused as a child.” This is how I begin every conference presentation or training workshop that I run. The change of mood in the room is palpable. It’s like all the caffeine from the morning registration kicks in at once. Delegates suddenly snap back to attention. They want to hear what we have to say. Read more

  • Toxic terminology

    The prevalence of domestic violence, substance misuse and parental mental health issues as risk factors for child maltreatment has been recognised for a long time. It was identified by Marian Brandon and colleagues as a particular factor in serious and fatal cases of maltreatment in the 2003-5 biennial review of Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) (Brandon, Belderson et al. 2008). 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