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 four nations, that make up Association of Child Protection Professionals (England, 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

September 2019

We submitted a response to the call for evidence on 'Positions of Trust within Faith Settings' which forms the second inquiry of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Safeguarding within Faith Settings.  We strongly believe the definition of  'Positions of trust' within the Sexual Offences Act 2003 should be broadened to ensure faith settings are within scope, to protect vulnerable people from abuse.  The evidence session for the inquiry will be held on 22nd October 2019. 

Read our response to the call for evidence here: APPG_Faith_PositionsOfTrust_Sep19.docx

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.

 

Campaigns we are supporting

No to pain-inducing restraint

Since the death of 14 year-old Adam Rickwood in 2004, many organisations and independent investigations have publicly opposed the UK Government's policy of authorising custody officers to use pain-inducing restraint on children. ‘

The Association of Child Protection Professionals supports the prohibition of pain-inducing restraint as recommended by IICSA. Read more about this campaign here.

 

ECPATS Stable Futures

ECPAT UK is launching a new phase of its campaign, focusing on “stable futures” for child victims of trafficking.

Trafficked and unaccompanied teenagers are just like other young people their age, with hopes and dreams for the future. While they may have experienced unimaginable trauma, they are resilient, resourceful and full of potential. Yet under the current system, they are often unable to recover, live stable lives and plan for their future.’

Read more here.

 

Campaign to end child imprisonment

‘On 22 November 2018, Article 39, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Howard League for Penal Reform, INQUEST, Just for Kids Law and the National Association for Youth Justice launched the first-ever collaborative campaign to end child imprisonment in England. Many other organisations and individuals have since pledged their support.’ 

AoCPP support this campaign.You can show your support for the campaign by signing up here.