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.

Helping you keep children safe


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.

Child abuse and neglect

Find out what child abuse is, how to spot the signs, who is affected and what you should do if you're worried about a child
Read more about child abuse and neglect

Child protection in the UK

How the systems and laws of the UK and its 4 nations work to keep children safe from abuse and harm.
More about the child protection system

Signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse and neglect

The signs of child abuse aren't always obvious, and a child might not tell anyone what's happening to them. Sometimes children don't understand that what's happening is abuse. 
Find out more

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

Report abuse

Keeping children safe

Safeguarding children

Find out what organisations need to do to protect children from harm.

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Talk about staying safe online

Our talking tips will help you start the conversation with your child about staying safe online.

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Teach your child the Underwear Rule

A simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.

Find out how to talk PANTS

Be Share Aware

It's good to share – but sometimes sharing online can be dangerous. Be Share Aware and keep children safe online.

Be Share Aware

What to do if you suspect abuse

These are the steps you can take to help keep a child safe from abuse and to protect a child if you suspect they've been abused.
Find out what to do

Donate now

When a child is free from abuse, they’re free to dream again. Your donation can take a child anywhere.

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