BASPCAN was founded in 1979 by a group of leading child protection practitioners and academics to provide education and professional development opportunities for those working in the child protection field, whilst also seeking to educate and inform the public about safeguarding. BASPCAN is a registered charity and membership association managed from the head office in York and overseen by a Board of Trustees.

The Association brings together the four nations of the UK to share practice knowledge and research for the benefit of children. Membership is welcomed from the fields of social work, medicine, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, legal and law enforcement agencies, probation, education and academia, as well as related welfare and voluntary groups across the four nations.

Benefits of membership include the journal Child Abuse Review, BASPCAN News, regular e-updates, reduced ratesĀ at BASPCAN-led national and regional (Branch) conferences, study days and seminars, and our flagship event, the triennial Congress that attracts a global audience. With a focus on excellence in practice, the Association provides a wealth of networking opportunities for child protection practitioners and academics to meet, both face to face and virtually, to exchange views, experiences, research and innovation in the field.

Member Testimonial

‘Child Abuse Review has been an authoritative reference-point in charting ever-changing perspectives in an area of practice where the stakes are high. I have gained considerable confidence from networking opportunities.’
The BASPCAN Constitution can be found at the link here.