Keeping children safe

Find out how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.

As parents, you want to make sure that your children develop healthily and thrive. We're here to help you with advice on how you can build strong relationships with your children and keep them safe.

It's more than just physical safety. A big part of keeping children safe is making sure to look after their emotional and mental well-being. Helping them develop healthy emotional bonds from infancy can have a lifelong effect, and a strong relationship can make it easier when you want to discuss issues such as expressions of sexual behaviour or self-harm.

Of course, some people find it awkward to talk about some subjects. So if you don't know how to talk to your child about difficult issues, these pages will provide helpful advice and support.

As your child grows older, you'll also worry about how to keep them safe when you're not always around. When is a child old enough to be home alone? And how can they keep safe when they're out on their own? You'll also want to teach them about online safety and the dangers of sexting.

Each of us has a responsibility to keep childhood free from abuse, and advice such as our Underwear Rule can make a real difference – as Rachel's story shows. So if something doesn't seem right, read about what you can do if you suspect abuse.

Ways to keep a child safe

Online safety

Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.
Online safety advice

Talking about difficult topics

There are lots of ways to make it a bit less painful for you both when it comes time to talk about a 'difficult' subject.
Get advice for parents

Staying safe away from home

This guide to keeping your child safe offers advice for parents on when to allow children to be out on their own.
When can you let them go?

Staying home alone

This guide to keeping your child safe at home answers questions about when your children can be left on their own.
Advice on leaving a child alone

Sexting: advice for parents

A guide for talking to your child about the risks of sexting, and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
What you can do about sexting

Self-harm

Information about why children self-harm, how to spot the signs and what you can do about it.
Advice about self-harm

Baby and toddler safety

Advice and tips for parents on bonding with your baby, crying, difficult behaviour and what to do if you can't cope.
Read about baby safety

Healthy sexual behaviour in children and young people

Useful advice on what is normal sexual behaviour, warning signs that suggest there may be a problem, and how best to react.
What is healthy sexual behaviour?

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 about PANTS

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

Help us keep children safe

Take part in an event

From marathons to gala dinners, there's an event you can do to raise money and help give children the childhood they deserve.
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Volunteer or work for us

Join the fight for every childhood. Learn more about our volunteering and career opportunities. 
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Make a donation to the NSPCC in lieu of gifts at your wedding or celebration. We’ll send you unique materials to make your celebration extra special.
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Report abuse

Our helpline is here 24/7. So if you’re worried about a child, you can always talk to us.
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Help us create awareness and lobby for changes in legislation

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