Impact and evidence series Our evaluation and research on what works to protect children from abuse and neglect

We work with children, young people and families who need our help across the UK. Our services aim to protect children today, prevent abuse tomorrow and transform society so child cruelty becomes a thing of the past.

To learn more about the best ways to keep children safe we:

  • evaluate our services and interventions
  • undertake research and literature reviews

We freely publish all of our findings here to share our learning and contribute to the evidence on what works in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Neglect

Graded Care Profile (GCP)

Findings from our national evaluation of the GCP assessment tool helping practitioners spot when a child is at risk of neglect. 

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SafeCare

Evaluation of a home-based parenting programme for neglect looking at what works to promote better parenting and protect young children.

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Pathways Triple P

Evaluation of a service to help parents build strong relationships with their children and keep them safe from neglect. 

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Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)

How filming parenting interacting with their child can help families address concerns about neglect.

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Evidence Based Decisions in child neglect

Evaluation of our service to support practitioners’ decision-making for children experiencing neglect.

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Sexual abuse

Letting the Future In

Findings from the largest randomised controlled trial of a service to help children who have been sexually abused.

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Turn the page

Evaluation of our service helping young people who display harmful sexual behaviour to overcome feelings that have made them harm another child.

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Harmful sexual behaviour online

Review of the research about online harmful sexual behaviour and its association with offline HSB among children and young people.

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Assessing the risk: protecting the child

Evaluation of our assessment service for men who pose a sexual risk to children.

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Looked after children

New Orleans Intervention Model

A process evaluation of our Glasgow Infant Family Team, putting attachment relationships at the heart of decisions about whether infants should enter care.

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Taking Care

Assessing the impact of a service to support children who are returned home from care and their families.

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Achieving emotional wellbeing

How changes to the care system can better promote the emotional wellbeing of looked after children.

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What works in preventing and treating poor mental health

Research into the mental health needs of looked after children and the services designed to support them. 

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Face to Face

Evaluation of our solution-focused approach to support children and young people in care or on the edge of care.

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Early years

Coping with crying

Evaluation of a film shown to parents about how to cope with a crying baby aiming to prevent non-accidental head injuries. 

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Minding the Baby

Qualitative findings from a programme to enhance secure parent-child attachment relationships between mother and baby.

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Baby Steps

Evidence from a relationships-based perinatal education programme.

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Baby Steps: parents in a prison context

Experiences of parents who were in prison, or had a partner in prison and participated in our perinatal programme.

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Baby Steps: parents from a minority ethnic background

Perspectives of parents from ethnic minority backgrounds who participated in our perinatal programme.

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Families facing adversity

Caring dads

What we've learnt from running a parenting programme helping fathers change their behaviour after domestic abuse.

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Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART)

Evaluation of our DART service showing what works to reduce the impact of domestic abuse on the relationships between mothers and children. 

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Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FED-UP)

Evaluation of FED-UP, a programme working with parents with drug and alcohol problems. 

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Family SMILES

Evaluation of a group work programme supporting children who have a parent with mental health issues. 

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Impact and evidence insights

Each week we’ll be posting insights from professionals about evaluation methods, issues and experiences in child abuse services and prevention. 
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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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A free weekly email listing all of the new child protection publications added to our library collection.

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Helping you keep children safe

Read our guide for professionals on what we do and the ways we can work with you to protect children and prevent abuse and neglect.

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Sharing knowledge to keep children safe

Read our guide to the NSPCC Knowledge and Information Service to find out how we can help you with child protection queries, support your research, and help you learn and develop.

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