How we help Policy Policy Our mission is to improve the lives and safety of children by providing research, training, and support for those involved in child protection. We believe policy will only work effectively to protect children and support families if the choices made by decision-makers are informed by the best available evidence from both research and practice. We combine cutting edge research with the benefits of cross-sector experience to provide an in-depth understanding of the causes and effects of child abuse and neglect, and the systems and context around it. We use this knowledge and experience to influence policy and enable best practice across the UK. Add your voice to our work by becoming a member. Find out more about the benefits of membership. National Policy Leads We have volunteer National Policy Leads in each of the nations of the UK to help provide direct input on key issues. They are: Northern Ireland: Danielle Turney, Professor, Queens University Belfast Scotland: Ross Drummond, Child Protection Inter-Agency Coordinator, Perth and Kinross Council Wales: Vacant. If you would like to be considered for this role then please apply on our volunteering page. England: Vacant. If you would like to be considered for this role then please apply on our volunteering page. Consultations Previously known as BASPCAN, the Association has responded to numerous consultations by government and professional bodies over many years and has made a significant contribution to the development of public policy on child protection. The five nations, that make up Association of Child Protection Professionals (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,) are each represented in the current membership of our Education, Learning and Policy Sub Committee. This provides an opportunity to draw on the experience of these different nations when the Association examines and contributes to consultations. Our multidisciplinary membership ensures we can capture a range of professional views, where this is appropriate. Completed reports and consultations February 2019 We formally supported the NICE Quality Standard on Child Abuse and Neglect The NICE Quality Standard for Child Abuse and Neglect covers recognising, assessing and responding to abuse and neglect of children and young people under 18. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It is for commissioners, service providers, health, public health and social care practitioners, and the public. NICE has invited comments from registered stakeholders including the Association on the draft quality standard. Full details Our consultation response is available here. January 2019 We responded to the NICE Consultation on “Child Maltreatment: When to suspect maltreatment in under 18’s”. Our consultation response can be found here. December 2017 We responded to the consultation on the draft Working together to Safeguard Children 2018. Here is the Association’s ‘Working together’ consultation response. We provided input to the previous versions of this guidance in 2015, 2012 and 2010. 2016 In 2016 the government in England consulted on Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect. The consultation documentation can be found here. We liaised with members to collate a response to the consultation and the result can be found here. In 2016 A team of academic and practice partners led by Professor Karen Broadhurst of the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University have led a call for evidence on research use in policy and practice in the family justice system, with a view to founding a new Family Justice ‘Observatory’ to improve the use of evidence in the Family Justice System. Details of the project can be found at: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/observatory-scoping-study/ As BASPCAN we responded to the call and our response is here.