National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - Cruelty to children must stop FULL STOP
About the NSPCC
(The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC’s purpose is to end cruelty to children. FULL STOP. Its vision is of a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. The NSPCC runs 180 projects and services throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland helping over 10,000 children and their families every year.
Our activity is both supported and made possible by our fundraising programmes and by the contributions of all our partners. 85 per cent of the work that we do is made possible by voluntary donations.
Services also include the NSPCC Helpline - a confidential and free service open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Helpline is for anyone to call who is concerned about a child. In addition to English, callers can speak to Helpline advisers in Welsh as well as a number of South Asian languages – Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Bengali.
Last year 3005 adults in Essex called the NSPCC's helpline. Across the UK 95,000 adults called the helpline.
NSPCC Helpline number is 0808 800 5000
ChildLine, a service provided by the NSPCC, is the UK’s free, 24-hour helpline for children and young people who need to talk. It is staffed by trained volunteer counsellors who provide confidential comfort, advice and support for children and young people who often have nowhere else to turn.
Since it launched in 1986, ChildLine has counselled more than 2 million children and young people. It has saved children's lives, found refuges for children in danger on the streets, and given hope to thousands of children and young people who believed no one else cared for them. They contact us for all sorts of reasons, from exam pressures and family issues to bullying and serious cruelty – but the need for the service means that we are only able to answer half of the calls we receive.
ChildLine also provides an outreach service, ChildLine in Partnerships (CHIPS), which works with children and young people in schools, youth clubs, prisons and pupil referral units. It works with children themselves to create peer support schemes, to enable them to support each other, runs workshops on subjects like friendship and respect, and provides training for teachers and other adults on the issues that children face. CHIPS now works with 81,000 children and young people and 15,000 adults each year.
ChildLine number is 0800 11 11
The NSPCC in Essex
Official figures show that as at 31 March 2007 there were 730 children in Essex (including Southend and Thurrock) on the child protection register because they were considered to be at risk of abuse. The figure above is shocking, however it is a sad reality that for every child who turns to someone for help there are many others who keep their secret to themselves.
The NSPCC provides a number of locally based services in Essex including, the Essex Young Witness Project. This service provides support and preparation for young people in Essex who are required to attend the criminal courts as a victim and witness to a crime. The service is provided because it is recognised that giving evidence can often be a distressing and traumatic experience for young people. The effects can be reduced by a preparation service which informs a young person about what is likely to happen and gives an understanding of the process that trials follow. Enabling young people to find ways of coping with the emotional effects on themselves also helps them when they give their evidence.
The NSPCC has launched a major new appeal for funds to develop its vital helpline services in what is the most prominent appeal since the charity launched the Full Stop Campaign in 1999.
The Child’s Voice Appeal aims to raise £50m so that the NSPCC’s ChildLine and adult helpline can answer many more cries for help.
Last year 3005 adults in Essex called the NSPCC's helpline. Across the UK 95,000 adults called the helpline. During the same period 182 children in Southend, 193 children in Basildon and 206 children in Colchester called ChildLine from a landline or payphone. However, landline and payphone calls represent only 20% of the calls ChildLine receives
The funds will mean that ChildLine’s volunteers can counsel 500,000 more calls every year; children will be able to choose how they access ChildLine’s help – by phone, online or by text; the NSPCC Helpline can grow by over 60% to counsel 18,000 more adults a year who have concerns about a child; and counsellors can provide personalised help by email to nearly five times as many concerned adults.
The government has pledged £30m over four years towards the expansion of ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline, but the NSPCC needs the support of the public to raise a further £50m through the Child’s Voice Appeal, to make its vision a reality.
Joelle Leader ChildLine London & South East assistant director, said: “ChildLine is a vital service for children so they have someone to turn to, whatever the worry. Donations really will really make a direct impact in providing this service as we can provide more counsellors to counsel children, as well as allowing us to develop other ways for young people to communicate with us. “
Joelle continued: “It is important to remember the children and young people who are unable to contact ChildLine themselves, be it because they are too young, or too scared. Whatever the reason, we want adults who are worried about a child to be able to contact the NSPCC helpline. The support and advice they receive calms fears, solves problems – and even saves lives.”
Everyone can support the Child’s Voice Appeal at www.childsvoiceappeal.org.uk
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Registered charity numbers 216401 and SC037717
Further information can be found by visiting: www.nspcc.org.uk