Fighting for childhood in England How we're standing up for children


We stand up for children in England by finding the best ways to prevent abuse and neglect and influencing the Westminster government to take action.

We're committed to finding out what’s working and – more importantly – what isn’t, and what we can do about it. We do this by evaluating the services we provide for children and families and conducting research.

Our findings show that the range of support available to children in England who have been affected by abuse or neglect needs to be improved and we’ll be working with the government and partner agencies to achieve this.


How safe are our children? in England

We published How safe are our children? 2017 in June 2017. It is our fifth annual report compiling the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across each of the 4 nations in the UK.

Compiling this data is part of our commitment to evidence, to help us to understand the problems we are seeking to address.

We've analysed the data looking at how safe our children are in England and used this to shape our priorities. Read our policy calls below and our England briefing paper (PDF).

What we want to see


Government needs to prioritise the safety of children online by ensuring that sites, apps and games for children use minimum child safeguarding standards which protect children from online abuse and inappropriate content.

These standards must be developed using the voices of children and overseen by an independent regulator to ensure that these minimum standards are upheld by online sites and services.

All children should have access to high quality, well delivered and evidence based Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) in order to support them to stay safe and make healthy relationship choices.

Changes set out in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 mean that RSE will be mandatory in all schools.

In order for RSE education to be successful we need to ensure that it is properly resourced including:

  • appropriate training and support for teachers
  • schools being held accountable
  • and safeguarding pathways put in place to make sure children are protected if risks are identified.

We want to give all children who have been abused or neglected the right support to get back on track.

Any child who has been the victim of abuse or neglect should have access to a mental health assessment - children should not have to be at absolute crisis point to receive therapeutic support.

  • The Government needs to act earlier to provide support that gives victims all the help they need to recover from abuse.
  • We need our courts to deliver justice without re-traumatising victims. Simple steps such as vulnerable witness training for barristers and a proper commitment to evidence giving at remote sites would help create a more child-centred and accessible system for victims.

England consultation responses

Our policy team in England respond to government consultations and write briefings to influence the development of policies and laws that affect children and young people. Below are the most recent government consultations we've responded to.

Statistics on child protection in England

Official statistics help tell us how many children have been identified as needing support or protection in England.

See the statistics

How child protection works in England

Find out how the systems and laws of England work to help keep children safe from abuse and harm.

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Research and resources

The characteristics of children who display harmful sexual behaviour

The needs of children with a learning difficulty, younger children and girls accessing a specialised service for harmful sexual behaviour. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.
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Turn the page: final evaluation

Final evaluation of a service working with teenage boys who display harmful sexual behaviour. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.
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It’s Time: campaign report

Why we’re campaigning for every child who has experienced abuse to receive the support they need.
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More research from England

Find more research and resources from England in our library catalogue.

View research reports

Services for children and families in England

Boy leaning on a climbing frameWe have service centres across the United Kingdom which offer a combination of services to children, families and professionals. We support parents and families in caring for their children and provide therapeutic assistance to help children move on from abuse.

We also provide help and support through the NSPCC helpline, Childline and our work with schools.

What you can do in England

Get expert training and consultancy

Grow your child protection knowledge and skills with CPD certified courses delivered by our experts nationwide and online.

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