Standing for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the NSPCC is a UK and Channel Islands charity that works to protect children. This involves rebuilding the lives of abused children, supporting children who are at risk and preventing abuse from happening in the first place. See the attached infographic for facts about child abuse in the UK.
This charity works hard to keep children safe, which is why it needs continual support from charitable individuals like Ali Seytanpir. This article will explain how the public can help and the charity’s role.
The History of the NSPCC
After a visit to New York, Liverpool businessman Thomas Agnew was inspired to create a UK version of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In 1883 he finally created his version and called it the Liverpool Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Other branches were formed around the UK like the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (London SPCC) and due to this the charity’s name eventually changed to the NSPCC in May 1889.
By 1930 the charity had helped four million UK children and even the wars couldn’t stop the charity from working. Since then the charity has continued to support children in the UK and Channel Islands.
What Does the NSPCC do?
The NSPCC has services like its helpline and Childline to offer an outlet for children and families – watch the embedded video to learn more about Childline.
The charity works to prevent abuse, such as supporting families with mental health and addiction problems, helping struggling parents with new babies, providing professionals with the tools to detect abuse and neglect, and going to primary schools to educate children about abuse.
It also offers services to help children overcome all types of abuse, such as the Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together service that helps repair the damage done to mothers and children due to domestic violence, and the Hear and Now service that supports children who have been sexually abused.
As well as its services, the NSPCC along with O2 is working to make the internet safer for children. The charity is also fighting to have better laws to protect children; it has created several campaigns to help children in all areas of their lives like the Wild West Web and Talk PANTS. See the attached PDF for more information about the NSPCC’s campaigns.
How to Support the NSPCC
To achieve its ultimate goal the NSPCC needs support and there are many ways individuals can help:
- Donate money, so a Childline counsellor is always available when a child needs to speak to them.
- Campaign with the charity and support national or local campaigns.
- Fundraise to raise money for the charity. This could be via a bake sale, a dance or even a quiz. A free fundraising pack, which is full of ideas, is also available.
- Take part in events like the Heineken Race to the Tower, the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run, and the Great Wall of China Trek.
- Report any abuse suspicions.
- Volunteer for the charity.
- Get support and advice on how to tackle suspected abuse and neglect.
- Visit the NSPCC shop.
- Ask wedding guests to donate to the charity instead of buying wedding gifts or buy NSPCC wedding favours.
- Leave a donation in your will.
No matter what a person can do all support is appreciated.
Since its formation, the NSPCC has worked to help many children. However, it is an independent organisation that needs supporters to work, so they can give children the childhood they deserve.