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NSPCC's child protection policy work in England

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.


All Parliamentary Group on Child Protection

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.

Seminar series on child sexual abuse: recommendations for the prevention of child sexual abuse and better support for victim (PDF, 1.71MB)
April 2014
Report summarising a series of seminars on child sexual abuse held by the Child Protection APPG and NSPCC, and recommendations to the Government to better protect and support children from sexual abuse. The seminars brought together experts, practitioners and politicians to discuss intra-familial abuse; peer to peer sexual abuse and young people's harmful sexual behaviour; and prevention of child sexual abuse within institutions. Young people contributed to the seminar series through an online chat and written submissions.

Making care proceedings better for children: a report by the Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group (PDF, 466KB)
February 2013
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.


Think pieces

The case for ‘time out’ childcare (PDF, 242KB)
January 2013
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.


Consultation responses

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.

NSPCC response to consultation on new offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect (PDF, 473KB)
March 2014

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)
November 2013

NSPCC response to the consultation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on children’s online games (PDF, 120KB)
November 2013

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)
September 2013

NSPCC response to ‘Statutory guidance on children who run away or go missing from home or care’ (PDF, 380KB)
September 2013

NSPCC response to the College of Policing consultations on guidance for police on child abuse and child sexual exploitation (PDF, 408KB)
August 2013

NSPCC response to the Crown Prosecution Service public consultation on the interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse (PDF, 412KB)
August 2013

NSPCC Consultation response to "Improving the code of practice for victims of crime" (PDF, 495KB)
July 2013

NSPCC response to the roles and tasks requiring social workers (PDF, 81KB)
July 2013

NSPCC response to the "Keeping children safe in education" consultation (PDF, 230KB)
June 2013

NSPCC response to "Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system" (PDF, 145KB)
June 2013

NSPCC response to the Whistleblowing Commission (PDF, 283KB)
June 2013

NSPCC response to the reform of the National Curriculum in England (PDF, 130KB)
April 2013

NSPCC response to “Measuring child poverty: a consultation on better measures of child poverty” (PDF, 1.02MB)
February 2013

NSPCC response to consultation on Home Office alcohol strategy 2013 (PDF, 429KB)
February 2013

Letter in response to a call for evidence on the government's new approach to consultations (PDF, 123KB)
November 2012

NSPCC response to the Justice Committee Enquiry: pre-legislative scrutiny of the Children and Families Bill (PDF, 316KB)
October 2012

NSPCC response to Ofsted consultation on arrangements for the inspection of services for children looked after and care leavers (PDF, 219KB)
September 2012

NSPCC response to the parental internet controls consultation (PDF, 156KB)
September 2012

NSPCC response to DfE consultation on revised safeguarding statutory guidance (PDF, 441KB)
September 2012

NSPCC response to ‘Co-operative parenting following family separation: proposed legislation on the involvement of both parents in a child’s life’ (PDF, 241KB)
September 2012

NSPCC response to proposals for joint inspection of multi-agency arrangements for the protection of children (PDF, 274KB)
August 2012

NSPCC response to the consultation on exemptions to the Video Recordings Act and on advertising in cinemas (PDF, 321KB)
August 2012

NSPCC response to the Academies Commission (PDF, 92KB)
June 2012

NSPCC response to the Ministry of Justice consultation on Punishment and reform: effective probation services (PDF, 254KB)
June 2012

NSPCC response to the Ofsted consultation on the joint inspection of secure training centres (PDF, 80KB)
June 2012

NSPCC response to the Law Commission consultation on the regulation of health care professionals and regulation of social care professionals in England (PDF, 311KB)
May 2012

NSPCC response to the Department for Education consultation on children’s safeguarding performance information (PDF, 359KB)
April 2012

NSPCC response to the consultation on ending the annual Ofsted children’s services assessment (PDF, 216KB)
March 2012

Cross-government definition of domestic violence: the NSPCC’s consultation response (PDF, 450KB)
March 2012

NSPCC response to the domestic violence disclosure scheme (PDF, 385KB)
January 2012

Letter to the Health Professions Council in response to the consultation on the draft standards of proficiency for social workers in England (PDF, 389KB)
November 2011

NSPCC response to the Commission on a UK Bill of Rights (PDF, 273KB)
November 2011

NSPCC response to consultation on the British crime survey intimate personal violence questionnaire (PDF, 55KB)
October 2011

NSPCC response to the questionnaire for the arrangements for the inspection of local authority children’s services consultation (PDF, 117KB)
September 2011

NSPCC response to the inspection of local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies (PDF, 427KB)
August 2011

NSPCC response to the inspection of local authority and voluntary adoption agencies (PDF, 357KB)
August 2011

NSPCC response to reforming the notification requirements of registered sex offenders (part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003) (PDF, 205KB)
August 2011

NSPCC submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry on proposals for the sex offender register (PDF, 251KB)
July 2011

NSPCC response to Family Justice Review interim report (PDF, 97KB)
June 2011

NSPCC response to the green paper Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability (PDF, 304KB)
June 2011

NSPCC letter to Sally Coates, Chair of the review of teaching standards (PDF, 912KB)
June 2011

NSPCC response to call for evidence on the rights of disabled children in the UK: child protection (PDF, 234KB)
May 2011

NSPCC response to Ensuring good behaviour in schools: guidance for governing bodies, head teachers, school staff and employers (PDF, 104KB)
May 2011

NSPCC response to the inspection of residential provision in boarding and residential special schools (PDF, 63KB)
May 2011

NSPCC response to Inspection 2012 (PDF, 61KB)
May 2011

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)
May 2011

NSPCC response to the consultation on statutory duties (PDF, 67KB)
April 2011

NSPCC response to proposals for the reform of legal aid in England and Wales (PDF, 111KB)
March 2011

NSPCC response to the Bailey review on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood (PDF, 114KB)
March 2011
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)
March 2011

NSPCC response to Breaking the cycle: effective punishment, rehabilitation and sentencing of offenders (PDF, 132KB)
March 2011

NSPCC response to Improvements to Ministry of Justice statistics (PDF, 52KB) February 2011

NSPCC response to Sentencing Council’s public consultation on assault guidelines (PDF, 84KB)
January 2011


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