This page highlights our contribution to child protection policy in England, including: NSPCC policy positions, reports from the All Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Child Protection, think pieces on current topics, and responses to government consultations.
Mandatory reporting: a consideration of the evidence (PDF, 267KB)
This paper reviews the evidence available in relation to the impact of mandatory reporting laws for suspicions of child abuse and neglect. It argues that mandatory reporting, in isolation, will not improve the reporting process or better protect children.
NSPCC provides the secretariat for Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group. The Group aims to raise the profile of child protection in Parliament and to investigate relevant policy matters. The Group holds meetings in Parliament to highlight issues of concern and runs inquiries in order to gather the views of experts and young people. You can read the reports of these inquiries below.
Making care proceedings better for children: a report by the Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group (PDF, 466KB)
Report presenting the findings and recommendations of the Child Protection APPG inquiry to investigate some of the family justice reforms in the Government's Children and Families Bill 2012-13. The inquiry focused on three areas: the scrutiny of care plans, the introduction of a six month time limit for completion of care orders and ensuring decisions are in the best interests of the child.
The case for ‘time out’ childcare (PDF, 242KB)
This think piece explores the idea of providing isolated or struggling parents with a break using 'time out' childcare delivered by local volunteers. The article looks at the need for flexible and free childcare for families under stress and during emergencies, and the current, insufficient provision. It proposes how 'time out' childcare could be set up and considers the benefits for parents, volunteers and children.
The NSPCC's policy team responds to government Green Papers and influences the development of policies and laws that affect children and young people - especially those designed to end cruelty to children. Below are the most recent government consultations we've responded to.
Strengthening the requirements for returning children home from care (PDF, 344KB)
Extract from NSPCC response to consultation on improving permanence for looked after children (PDF, 376KB)
NSPCC response to questions about current offence of cruelty to persons under sixteen as set out in Section 1 Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (the prevention of cruelty and exposure to moral and physical danger) (PDF, 356KB) October 2013
NSPCC response to two care consultations (PDF, 372KB)
Cross-government definition of domestic violence: the NSPCC’s consultation response (PDF, 450KB)
NSPCC response to the domestic violence disclosure scheme (PDF, 385KB)
Letter to the Health Professions Council in response to the consultation on the draft standards of proficiency for social workers in England (PDF, 389KB)
NSPCC response to the Commission on a UK Bill of Rights (PDF, 273KB)
NSPCC response to consultation on the British crime survey intimate personal violence questionnaire (PDF, 55KB)
NSPCC response to the questionnaire for the arrangements for the inspection of local authority children’s services consultation (PDF, 117KB)
NSPCC response to the inspection of local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies (PDF, 427KB)
NSPCC response to the inspection of local authority and voluntary adoption agencies (PDF, 357KB)
NSPCC response to reforming the notification requirements of registered sex offenders (part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003) (PDF, 205KB)
NSPCC submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry on proposals for the sex offender register (PDF, 251KB)
NSPCC response to Family Justice Review interim report (PDF, 97KB)
NSPCC response to the green paper Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability (PDF, 304KB)
NSPCC letter to Sally Coates, Chair of the review of teaching standards (PDF, 912KB)
NSPCC response to call for evidence on the rights of disabled children in the UK: child protection (PDF, 234KB)
NSPCC response to Ensuring good behaviour in schools: guidance for governing bodies, head teachers, school staff and employers (PDF, 104KB)
NSPCC response to the inspection of residential provision in boarding and residential special schools (PDF, 63KB)
NSPCC response to Inspection 2012 (PDF, 61KB)
NSPCC response to Crown Prosecution Service’s consultation on Interim guidance on perverting the course of justice: charging in cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations (PDF, 93KB)
NSPCC response to the consultation on statutory duties (PDF, 67KB)
NSPCC response to proposals for the reform of legal aid in England and Wales (PDF, 111KB)
NSPCC response to the Bailey review on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood (PDF, 114KB)
See also Premature sexualisation: understanding the risks: outcomes of the NSPCC’s expert seminar series
NSPCC response to the National Statistician’s review of crime statistics (PDF, 71KB)
NSPCC response to Breaking the cycle: effective punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders (PDF, 132KB)