Guides for parents
Free to download NSPCC leaflets containing advice and guidance for parents on a range of child safety issues.
This leaflet gives advice and useful tips to help parents decide in what situations they may leave their children home alone, and what they need to do to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Out alone provides advice and practical tips to parents on how to prepare children for being out on their own, whether it’s when walking to and from school, attending sports or holiday clubs, or getting involved in other community activities.
Our practical guide helps parents to understand why children sometimes misbehave and explains how they can develop good relationships with their children through positive parenting.
Rough handling of babies can cause serious injuries. This simple leaflet explains why parents should never shake their babies and suggests ways of coping when the crying doesn’t stop.
Most parents find bringing up their children very rewarding, but also pretty demanding. Using real-life examples and situations, this booklet describes the triggers that can cause parents to resort to shouting, harsh discipline or severe punishment. It explains the positive choices they can make to help them to control their anger, and influence children’s behaviour without creating bad feelings.
This booklet gives practical advice to parents on listening to their children as they grow, enabling them to better understand their child's needs and to protect them from harm. It explains the importance of taking the time to listen and talk to their children from day one, and advises how to meet these needs in normal daily life as well as in some particularly challenging situations such as divorce, death, illness, or bullying.
This guide for parents and carers gives information and advice about keeping children safe from sexual abuse. The leaflet contains some sexually explicit information which parents or carers may feel is unsuitable for children to read.
A discreet, pocket-sized booklet on domestic violence designed primarily for women, although it recognises that men can also experience abuse. The booklet encourages victims of abuse to seek help for themselves and their children, highlighting that they need not be separated from their non-abusing parent, but can live without the fear of domestic violence.
All babies count explores the challenges that new parents face and the vulnerability of babies. The leaflet offers advice and suggestions to enable parents to start their life together in the right way to help their child become confident, happy and healthy. It includes advice on how to how to calm a crying baby, how to manage the stress of new parenthood, how to pick up signs of post-natal depression and where to get help.
If you have concerns, there is someone who will listen. Our leaflet explains the steps that can be taken by anyone worried about the safety of a child.