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The child protection system in the UK

NSPCC factsheet

July 2013

The child protection system in the UK is the responsibility of the government of each of the UK's four nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Each government is responsible for passing legislation, publishing guidance and establishing policy frameworks.

Child protection system factsheets

Our factsheets provide an overview of the process for protecting children and cover guidelines and legislation, referrals, assessments and investigations and care proceedings in each of the UK's four nations:

Child protection framework factsheets

Our series of factsheets look at the framework of policies and services set up for protecting children in:

Child protection legislation factsheets

Our factsheets provide an overview of the guidance and legislation for protecting children in:

See our main page for the child protection legislation factsheets that outlines devolution, civil and criminal law and law reform.


Contact the NSPCC's information service for more information on the child protection system, process or framework in the UK