The abuse and neglect of children is a huge and growing issue. 

The NSPCC's most recent How Safe are our Children? report noted:

  • a 16% year on year increase in police-recorded child sexual offences across the UK
  • increases in child cruelty and neglect offences in all UK nations except Scotland
  • increased numbers of children on child protection plans and registers over the last decade.

The system that exists to support these vulnerable children and families is under more strain then ever before.  There has been a 26% increase in the number of children placed on child protection plans between 2010-11 and 2017-18, with 404,710 children currently identified as in need (National Audit Office, Jan 2019).  During this time frontline safeguarding services; local authorities, schools, police, and the health service have faced unprecedented cuts to funding.  And at the nexus of delivering services in this context of rising demand and reducing resources are the child protection professionals.

We exist for those working in and researching child abuse and neglect.  We provide access to the latest research, share best practice from the front line, provide affordable advanced practitioner CPD and training, and enable practitioners and researchers to connect as part of a national community working to support children and families.

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