Information Service Sharing knowledge to protect children in the UK

Our Information Service provides quick and easy access to the latest child protection research, policy and practice. 

We answer over a thousand enquiries every year helping professionals find the information and resources they need to keep children safe.

If you can't find the answers you're looking for, contact our information specialists. We can create tailored reading lists, find specific statistics, recommend resources and carry out complex literature searches, all for free.

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Meet the Information Service team

Group of staff smiling and standing in front of library booksOur team of information professionals:

  • find the answers to your questions by searching databases, compiling reading lists and talking to our experts
  • help visitors to our library in London access books and journals
  • add new publications to our library catalogue
  • write factsheets, briefings and summaries of research, case reviews, statistics, resources, legislation and guidance
  • send out email alerts to keep you up-to-date with the latest evidence, policy, research and practice resources on child protection and related subjects.

Resources from our Information Service

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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Factsheets and briefings

Read our short summaries of various subjects in child protection from safe recruitment to new research on education programmes.

Read our factsheets

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.

Read our guide (PDF)

Case reviews

Find out how to find published reports and what learning comes from case reviews around safeguarding children.
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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

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
Learn more

Sharing knowledge to keep children safe

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

Read our guide (PDF)

Stay up-to-date with developments in child protection


Our Current Awareness Service for Practice, Policy And Research delivers free weekly email alerts to keep you up-to-date with all the latest safeguarding and child protection news.

CASPAR is currently being upgraded but you can still sign up by contacting our Information Service.

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New in the Library

A free weekly email listing all of the new child protection publications added to our library collection.

New in the Library is currently being upgraded but you can still sign up by contacting our Information Service.

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