Guides for parents
Free to download NSPCC leaflets containing advice and guidance for parents on a range of child safety issues.
Simple conversations can help keep children safe from abuse. The Underwear Rule helps parents teach children that their body belongs to them and they have a right to say no. This guide is also available in Welsh.
Download 'Learn the Underwear Rule' (English version)
Advice and tips to help parents decide whether to leave their children home alone, how to ensure their safety and wellbeing and what to look for when choosing a babysitter or childminder.
How to prepare children for being out on their own, such as walking to and from school, attending sports or holiday clubs, or getting involved in other community activities.
Helps parents 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. Advice for parents on safe ways to hold and care for your baby and suggestions of ways to cope when the crying doesn’t stop.
Advice for parents on coping with, and recognising, stress and anger and how to influence children's behaviour without creating bad feelings.
Helps parents understand their child's needs better and protect them from harm. The advice covers communication in normal daily life as well as challenging situations such as divorce, death, illness or bullying.
Provides advice about keeping children safe from sexual abuse and how to recognise the signs. This leaflet contains some sexually explicit information which parents or carers may feel is unsuitable for children to read. This guide is also available in Welsh.
Download 'What can I do?' (English version)
Explains what constitutes domestic violence and how children are affected, encouraging victims of abuse to seek help for themselves and their children. Contains details of organisations that provide practical help and support.
Becoming a new parent is a really exciting time, but it can also be challenging. This leaflet includes advice on how to calm a crying baby, manage the stress of new parenthood and recognise signs of post-natal depression. This guide is also available in Welsh.
Download 'All babies count' (English version)
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. This guide is available in other languages.
Download 'Worried about a child?' (English version)