BASPCAN has responded to numerous consultations by government and professional bodies over many years and has made a significant contribution to the development of public policy on child protection.  The five nations, that make up BASPCAN, (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,) are each represented in the current membership of our Education, Learning and Policy Sub Committee.  This provides an opportunity to draw on the experience of these different nations when BASPCAN examines and contributes to consultations.  Our multidisciplinary membership ensures we can capture a range of professional views, where this is appropriate.

BASPCAN are pleased to be included in all major consultations related to child abuse and neglect, however we undertake a selection process to ensure representation reflects the aims and objectives of the association. We give priority to public policy consultations where our voice and experience will have the greatest impact.

Current consultations

The government in England is consulting on Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.  The consultation documentation can be found here.

Since the previous Prime Minister announced plans to consider introducing legislation on mandatory reporting, BASPCAN has been considering the potential merits and consequences of such legislation. This included a debate at Congress in 2015.

BASPCAN trustees held telephone conferences and liaised with members to collate a response to the consultation and the result can be found here – Click to download

A team of academic and practice partners led by Professor Karen Broadhurst of the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University have led a call for evidence on research use in policy and practice in the family justice system, with a view to founding a new Family Justice ‘Observatory’ to improve the use of evidence in the Family Justice System. 

Details of the project can be found at:

BASPCAN has responded to the call and our response is available here: