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About Us

Funded by a grant from the Department for Education’s Improving Outcomes for Children, Young People and Families Fund, the CCLC’s Child Protection Project (CPP) aims to provide  FREE information and legal advice to frontline practitioners on their legal obligations towards children in terms of child protection and safeguarding.

The service consists of a telephone advice line, an interactive and informative website, and online and bespoke training courses. The services provided by the CPP are designed specifically for the full range of professionals, volunteers and staff who have a duty to safeguard the welfare of the child, including but not limited to, those working in:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Children’s Services
  • Early years and child care
  • Youth, sport and culture clubs and groups
  • Justice and crime prevention
  • Adult services

The CPP offers a three-pronged service: telephone advice line, website and training.

Design of CPP Services

The CPP services have been designed in consultation with a focus group made up of a wide range of frontline practitioners, as well as a high level advisory group made up of chief executives and senior representatives from the following organisations:

Barnardos

Action for Children

British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN)

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC)

National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse

Youth Justice Board

Royal College of Midwives 

Association of Directors of Children’s Services  (ADCS)

National Association of PRUs

Parent-Teachers’ Association-UK

CPS Headquarters

Coram

CAFCASS

British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)

Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP)

General Social Care Council

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Department of Health

National Day Nurseries Association

Caller Privacy and Exceptional Circumstances

Coram Children's Legal Centre offers a confidential service. If a caller provides us with their name, address or phone number it will remain confidential and will not be passed on to third parties. However, in exceptional circumstances where a caller gives information that suggests a person is at serious risk of harm, then a breach of confidentiality may be necessary in order to protect that person.

Click here to read our Privacy Policy.

Click here to read our Terms of Use Policy.

This website is currently a work in progress. We will be uploading new content regularly over the course of the coming weeks and months. If there are topics or issues that you would like to see addressed here, please let us know by emailing cpp@essex.ac.uk

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the information on this website is current at the time of posting. We work diligently to update the information as legislative and policy changes enter into force, however there may be instances in which information is not amended at the time of such changes. Should you notice information that is out of date, please feel free to bring this to our attention by emailing us at cpp@essex.ac.uk

Testimonial

It is vital that all frontline professionals working with vulnerable children and families have easy access to good quality, reliable legal information and advice. The Child Protection Project's remit extends to looked after children and this is an exciting new resource for independent reviewing officers.

Amanda Checkley Chair, London IRO Practitioners' Group

How we can help

As a frontline practitioner, you may have found yourself concerned about the safety, health or well-being of a child and unsure of your role in mitigating these concerns.

  • I am a social worker and am not clear about the leaving care provisions – can you clarify these?
  • I am a nurse in a GP’s surgery. A 13 year old girl is seeking contraceptive advice from me. Can I give her contraception without her parents knowing?
  • I work in a children’s centre. I have a raised a concern with the local Children’s Services department that a child is coming in dirty and hungry but they do not appear to be doing anything – what else can I do?
  • I work in health and I have been asked by the Local Authority legal department to give evidence in care proceedings–I am not clear how to write a statement or to give evidence at Court. Can the CPP help me?
  • I work with a child with special needs. I have a raised a concern with the local Children’s Services department that the child is coming to school dirty and hungry but they do not appear to be doing anything – what else can I do?

Protecting your Information

As the bulk of the information on the CPP website is available only to registered users, those who wish to access the information on the site will be required to register by providing their name, email address and the industry they work in. Users can add further detailed information to their account once they have registered.
 
All information collected from you is treated with the strictest confidentiality. We do not share your personal information (including name, email address and profession) unless required to do so by law. Information collected by CCLC is used to:

•         Improve the content and design of the site
•         Monitor usage of our services
•         Contact visitors (with their permission)
•         Gather information about which professional groups are 
          using the site most frequently
 
We will never share your information with other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we will not pass on your personal information to any other website.