BASPCAN’s mission is to improve the lives and safety of children by providing research, training and support for those involved in child protection.  We have been driving improvements in child protection for nearly 40 years by working with those in the field to influence policy and practice. . 


Policy will only work to best protect children if the choices made by decision-makers, are informed by the best available evidence from both research and practice.  By combining cutting edge research with bringing the right people together BASPCAN as an organisation can promote increased understanding of the causes, ways of identifying and reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect, and can seek to influence the policies in place. 

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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.


 Completed reports and consultations

  • The NICE Quality Standard for Child Abuse and Neglect covers recognising, assessing and responding to abuse and neglect of children and young people under 18. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It is for commissioners, service providers, health, public health and social care practitioners, and the public. NICE has invited comments from registered stakeholders on the draft quality standard; the final quality standard is expected to publish in February 2019.  Full details on the project can be found here.

BASPCAN is a registered stakeholder and our consultation response is available here BASPCAN_NICEQualityStandardCAN_response_03Oct18

Our most recent response (January 2019) to the NICE Consultation on “Child Maltreatment: When to suspect maltreatment in under 18’s” can be found here: BASPCAN_NICE_SurveillanceChildMaltreatment_response_02Jan19 (1)


  • Working together to safeguard childrenThe 2018 version replaces the 2015 version. The transitional guidance helps explain how to move to the new arrangements. The statutory framework sets out the legislation relevant to safeguarding and it should be read alongside the statutory guidance.

    Here is BASPCAN’s ‘Working together consultation response

  • In 2016 the government in England consulted on Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect.  The consultation documentation can be found here.  BASPCAN trustees also held telephone conferences and liaised with members to collate a response to the consultation and the result can be found here – Click to download
  • In 2016  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: