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National reports, Guidance and Legislation

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 - revised statutory guidance pdf                       

Children Act 2004 - National legislation                   

Sexual Offences Act 2003 - National legislation

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - National legislation

Human Rights Act 1998 - National legislation

Sex Offenders Act 1997 - National legislation

Children Act 1989 - National legislation   

The Munro Review into Child Protection - Part 1 - The first part of Professor Munro's national review of child protection.

The Munro Review of child protection - final report

Modern Slavery- Home Office Guidance on the Duty to Notify (pdf)

Information sharing: Practitioners Guide - The guidance is intended for all practitioners who work with children or young people, employed or volunteers, working in the public, private or voluntary sectors.                       

Keeping Children Safe in Education - This document is about the duty of LEAs, schools of all kinds, and Further Education Institutions to have arrangements for carrying out their functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.                       

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused - This document provides best practice guidance for those who work with children in order to safeguard their welfare. It also contains an appendix to help practitioners with the legal issues affecting the sharing of information.                       


General useful links

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - The NSPCC is the UK's largest children's charity and provides a range of services to children and their families. The NSPCC website offers a useful source of information to children and parents as well as a free 24 hour helpline.

NSPCC Impact and Evidence Hub - The Hub presents a series of reports with the findings of evaluations and other research. It also provides evaluation models and tools for measuring outcomes and a space where researchers and others can share experience and mutual support.

Stop it Now! - Stop it Now! aims to stop child sexual abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help. Stop it Now provides adults with the information they need to recognise worrying behaviour in themselves or others.

Women's Aid - Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. The website provides a useful resource for the public and professionals on all aspects of domestic violence.

Action for Children (formerly The National Children's Homes (NCH)) - Action for Children's website provides a range of child safeguarding advice including useful information on the safe use of the Internet.

BBC advice - A Radio 1 guide dealing with a wide range relating to relationships, drugs, abuse, bullying and much more.

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) - The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) was formed in 1996 following an agreement between the government, police and the Internet service provider industry that a partnership approach was needed to tackle the distribution of child abuse images.

Citizens Advice - Advice Guide - The Adviceguide website is the main public information service of the Citizens Advice Bureau, providing people access to CAB information on their rights - including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, family law, consumer and legal issues.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).


Useful links for professionals

Barnardo's International - Barnardo's sites of Australia, Ireland, New Zealand. Each site provides a range of useful information on child safeguarding issues from an international perspective.

British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) - BASPCAN is a registered charity which aims to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect of children.

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) - Useful resource for legal judgements made in the UK and Ireland. Not always easy to navigate, but searching is greatly enhanced by knowing the case number or name and date of judgement.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) - CPSU is a partnership between the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Sport England, SportScotland, Sports Council for Northern Ireland and The Sports Council for Wales.

The Guardian Unlimited -The Guardian's online Society section provides a useful resource for news relating to children, including child protection.

International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) - ISPCAN, founded in 1977, is the only multidisciplinary international organisation that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals working in child protection.

National Child Abuse Clearinghouse - The National Child Protection Clearinghouse (funded by the Australian Government's Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) provides a useful information resource.

The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA) - NOTA is the only professional multi-disciplinary organisation in the UK dedicated to work with sexual abusers. It is consequently in a unique position to promote and develop work in this area of public protection.

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board - The website of North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board. The website contains a range of useful information of relevance to children, families and professionals living and working in the North Yorkshire area.

Further Links for professionals