The NSPCC, is the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands, we are there to help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protect children at risk, and find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
The NSPCC knows that 1 in 5 children in the UK have suffered abuse or neglect, and children who suffer abuse and neglect often don’t recognise what is happening to them is wrong. That is why the children’s charity is visiting schools across the UK with its Speak out. Stay safe. service to give children the knowledge they need to stay safe from harm and to speak out if they are worried. Between 2017 and 2018 the NSPCC visited over 8,000 schools reaching almost 1.8 million children, with assemblies and workshops to help children to identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are ever worried about themselves or a friend along with information about Childline.
Our Childline service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact Childline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Our free NSPCC helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the helpline 365 days a year.
The NSPCC also campaigns hard, so that we can be the voice of a child when no one is listening, hard hitting campaigns such as our current Close the Loophole campaign, which is calling on the Government to make it illegal for all adults to engage in sexual activity with any young person under 18 in their care.
Our latest campaign, Look, Say, Sing, Play, aims to help parents make everyday moments brain building ones, and why taking a cue from their young child and reacting to what they’re doing is so important. In a recent NSPCC survey, almost two thirds of parents are unaware that back and forth interaction with their child from birth can help their babies’ social, emotional and cognitive development*. The campaign aims to encourage parents to take a look at what their baby is focusing on and how they react, say what they are doing and copy the sounds their baby makes, sing along to their favourite tune or play simple games and see what their baby enjoys.
Around 90 percent of our funding comes from voluntary donations and thanks to the passionate support of individuals and organisations, like the Harrogate Mumbler, when a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.
Thanks to our supporters we can be there for even more children when they need us most, whether it be through Childline, our schools service or through our Yorkshire service centres who run a number of intervention and therapeutic services for children and their families struggling with abuse and neglect.