What we do
BASPCAN is the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. We are the membership association for adults who have any role in child protection and safeguarding in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The majority of our members are child protection professionals from a wide variety of disciplines, notably social work, paediatrics, nursing, psychology, police, law, education, and many others.
We aim to contribute to the prevention of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and neglect of children and young people by promoting high quality inspirational training, conference events and research on a national and international scale. This is available to all professionals and agencies safeguarding and protecting children and young people. We also seek to educate generally and encourage the public to use our information.
The organisation has a strong commitment to promoting the rights of all children, keeping them safe from significant harm and promoting their health and development. We do this by:
- Promoting increased understanding of the causes, ways of identifying and reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect
- Encouraging a greater understanding of the consequences for children of abuse and neglect and how these can be prevented and treated
- Improving cooperation and liaison between professionals and agencies, nationally, internationally and locally
- Influencing policy and practice nationally and internationally
BASPCAN makes a positive and sustained impact on promoting the better protection of children in our society through:
- Sponsoring and disseminating research and information
- Educating the multidisciplinary workforce, through seminars and conferences
- Supporting professional networking locally, nationally and internationally
- Publishing a flagship inter-professional journal – Child Abuse Review
- Calling for improvements in systems, law, policy and practice to improve child protection
- Running a triennial international Congress
- Publishing a quarterly newsletter
BASPCAN is highly regarded and celebrated for its flagship journal Child Abuse Review that draws articles from national and international contributors involved in child protection research and practice. Recent examples of initiatives to address research and training needs include: increasing the awareness of the effects that living with domestic violence has on children; exploring the prevalence of child sexual exploitation in our society; and recognising the need for practitioners to be aware of how drug and alcohol misuse can negatively affect the healthy development and safety of babies and children.
BASPCAN is governed by its Board of Trustees, which comprises practitioners and academics working in the field of child protection who share a commitment to promoting and improving the health and well-being of all children and young people, and safeguarding them from harm. BASPCAN is partly funded and sustained by its membership and a valuable network of local branches which deliver events where people can meet to discuss issues in the context of local child protection concerns. We welcome membership applications from any individual or organisation, including members of the public who are interested in our work and who have a genuine interest and commitment to promote and protect the interests of children.
Child abuse and neglect continue to be a daily reality for many children causing untold distress and harm. BASPCAN is determined to work with our members and the wider community to ensure that the causes and consequences of abuse and neglect are better understood and that we become ever more effective in preventing all forms of child maltreatment wherever it occurs.