Together for Childhood

Communities coming together to keep our children safe.

What is Together for Childhood?

Together for Childhood is an innovative, evidence-informed approach bringing local partners and families together to make our communities safer for children. Working collaboratively, we'll develop and test effective approaches for preventing child abuse, drawing on examples of best practice from around the world.

Through creating a wide range of local partnerships between social care, schools, health, voluntary and community groups, alongside the police, NSPCC and communities, Together for Childhood aims to:  

The project aims to achieve systems change which is about addressing how agencies and organisations work together to prevent abuse. It also uses a place-based approach, focusing action at a local scale to achieve its goals.

Achieving our goals 

We use 3 types of interventions to achieve our goals.

    • Primary (universal) interventions
      Stopping abuse before it occurs, such as campaigning to raise awareness of what sexual abuse is.
    • Secondary (targeted) interventions
      Reducing the impact of an on-going issue, such as delivering services which help families experiencing domestic abuse.
    • Tertiary (specialist) interventions
      Helping children after abuse has occurred.

Where Together for Childhood is available

Grimsby

Preventing abuse in families facing adversity

01472 803 500

Plymouth

Preventing child sexual abuse

01752 422 577

Stoke on Trent

Preventing child sexual abuse

01782 958 100

Continuous learning

We're committed to robustly evaluating Together for Childhood with the development of a multi-stranded evaluation for each area. Local evaluation teams are embedded in each site and we aim to learn lessons from the implementation of Together for Childhood. We'll also demonstrate what works in preventing child abuse by evaluating the most effective and sustainable approaches.

The evaluation activity covers 3 strands.

  1. Process
    A process evaluation will explore the planning and setting-up of Together for Childhood and examine how the initiative has been implemented in each of the sites.
  2. Impact
    This will help determine how Together for Childhood has helped prevent abuse and neglect, in the short, medium and long-term. 
  3. Economic
    This will investigate the costs of delivering Together for Childhood and how cost effective it is. 

At the heart of Together for Childhood is continuous learning and improvement. This is in contrast to more traditional models where learning and development are seen as the final step and the end result of the evaluation.    

More information

For more information on the 2 types of Together for Childhood goals, download and read our prospectuses below. If you work with children in Grimsby, Plymouth or Stoke on Trent and are interested in finding out more or how you can get involved, email us at TogetherforChildhood@nspcc.org.uk.

5 goals for 5 years

Over the next 5 years, we plan to make 5 million children safer.

Our plans for 2016-2021

Services for children, families and professionals

Working with children, young people and families who need our help across the UK.

Find out more

Domestic abuse

Witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse, and teenagers can suffer domestic abuse in their relationships.

Read more about domestic abuse

Preventing child sexual abuse

How we can help protect children and young people from sexual abuse.

Help prevent child sexual abuse