Children in care Research and resources

Below is a selection of our child protection research and safeguarding resources on childre in care. Visit our Research and resources page for more child protection and safeguarding information and advice.

How safe are our children? 2017

Our report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the 4 nations in the UK in 2017.

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Looking after infant mental health: our case for change

Our cases for change in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland emphasising the importance of looking after infant mental health.

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Keeping children safe: allegations concerning the abuse or neglect of children in care

Research into the number and nature of child abuse allegations made against foster carers and residential care workers in the UK.

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Learning from case reviews - Returning children home from care: learning from case reviews

Lessons from case reviews published since 2010, which have highlighted lessons for returning children home from care.

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Evaluation of the scale-up of an evidence-informed framework for return home practice

Evaluation of a tool to help social workers decide if a child should be returned home from care.

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Promoting the wellbeing of children in care: messages from research

A book presenting chapters from academics, practitioners and policy analysts on how we can improve care for looked after children in the UK.

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What works in preventing and treating poor mental health in looked after children?

Overview of the evidence about what works in preventing and treating poor mental health of children in care.

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Evaluation of the Face to Face service

Our findings from using a solution-focused approach to support children and young people in care or on the edge of care. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.

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Evaluation of implementation of an evidence-informed framework for return home practice

Report by Loughborough University about using the NSPCC Framework to support children to safely return home from care. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.

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Library catalogue

We hold the UK's largest collection of child protection resources and the only UK database specialising in published material on child protection, child abuse and child neglect.

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