Preventing abuse

Our work increasingly focuses on preventing abuse.  So that means we have to do everything we can to understand it and find the best ways to
keep children safe.

Child abuse and neglect

Whether you're a parent, worried about a child you know or work with children as part of your job, we all have a part to play in keeping them safe. Find out more about the types of child abuse, how to look out for a child's safety, the child protection system and the latest research and resources in child protection.

Bullying and cyberbullying

Bullying can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.
Read more about bullying and cyberbullying

Sexual abuse

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn't have to be physical contact, and it can happen online
Read more about sexual abuse

Our helpline is here 24/7. So if you’re worried about a child, you can always talk to us.

Report abuse

The child protection system

Child protection system

Services and processes across the UK to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or harm.
More about the child protection system

Legal definition of a child and their rights by law

Find out what the law defines as a child, and what children's rights are in UK law.
Find out about the law

Children in care

Definitions, risk factors, what can we do to help protect children and how the NSPCC protects children in care.
Read about children in care

We help children rebuild their lives, and find ways to prevent abuse from ruining any more

NSPCC helpline

Our helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by professional counsellors who are ready to to do whatever they can to protect children.

What does the NSPCC helpline do?


ChildLine’s here for children and young people, whatever their worry, whenever they need help.

What is ChildLine?

Helping children and families

We offer all kinds of support in every community in the UK, from antenatal care for new parents to helping mums and children recover from domestic abuse.

Services for children and families

Our research

We research, learn from experts around the world, and design services that give children and families the best possible help.

View our research

Standing up for children

We speak up for children. So if a law needs to change, or if more needs to be done to protect children, we demand it.

What we stand for