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Professional Support
For Practitioners, Trainers, Consultants, Researchers and Support Networks
The AoCPP brings together adult safeguarding and child protection practitioners from a wide range of disciplines including social work, paediatrics, nursing and health, psychology, police and criminal justice, law, education and research among many others. 

This multi-disciplinary perspective, which holds the child and family at the centre, has been a key part of our purpose since 1979.

For Students

As an association we value the next generation of researchers, academics and practitioners seeking to make a difference in the lives of children and vulnerable adults. That’s why we provide professional support to students undertaking degrees in the field of safeguarding. 

So whether you are an undergraduate student undertaking a degree in child psychology or a doctoral student we as an association can support you in numerous ways.
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For Academics

As an association, we believe in evidence-based practice and practice-based research. We seek to enhance the links between research and practice in all our activities to ensure that those on the frontline of protecting children and vulnerable adults are armed with the latest evidence and findings so they can provide the best service for children, families and vulnerable adults.

We want to ensure that research is embedded in practice, need and experience, and that the outcomes have maximum reach into practitioner communities in formats that are accessible and able to be acted upon.
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For Practitioners

The AoCPP brings together adult safeguarding and child protection practitioners from a wide range of disciplines including social work, paediatrics, nursing and health, psychology, police and criminal justice, law, education, research among many others. This multi-disciplinary perspective, which holds the child and family at the centre, has been a key part of our purpose since 1979.
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For Trainers & Consultants

Whether you are a trainer in safeguarding or an independent case reviewer, the Association of Child Professionals exists for you. Many trainers and consultants find themselves working alone or with no regular group of colleagues. Being part of an active network can provide you with the regular supportive relationships you need to develop your own practice and stay abreast of what is going on in your field.
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For Researchers

We believe in evidence-based practice and practice-based research. We seek to enhance the links between research and practice in all our activities to ensure that those on the frontline of child protection are armed with the latest evidence and findings so they can provide the best service for children and families.
We want to ensure that research is embedded in practice need and experience, and that the outcomes have maximum reach into practitioner communities in formats that are accessible and able to be acted upon
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What we do  for you

  • Exclusive Access to our acclaimed members ‘journal: Child Abuse Review
  • Free access to fortnightly Members’ Meetings on a huge range of topical, expert led subjects - chosen by you
  • Discounts on all paid-for events, priority booking for free Special Interest Group Meetings
  • Launching soon: Masterclasses with expert trainers for small- group, intensive learning on what you tell us you need most
  • Lively podcasts and blogs on current issues chosen by people on the frontline or research of child protection
  • Give you a voice. We are the only membership organisation that represents peоple working in child protection in the UK

Networking and peer support

We offer a range of networking opportunities to those working in child protection.
In addition to your continuing professional development we also recognise the challenges of working in this field and the value of being able to seek peer support as and when you need it. That’s why we offer a range of networking opportunities to those working in child protection and adult safeguarding.

Through various special interest groups, conferences and collaboration opportunities, such as Lunch and Learn sessions, we are able to offer an exchange of information, ideas and best practice for anyone working in child protection and adult safeguarding.
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