About the NSPCC

Introduction:

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse, we’ve remained committed to this mission for over 100 years. Child abuse is preventable, not inevitable. That’s why, every day, we work to protect children, prevent abuse and transform society to make child abuse a thing of the past.

Why are we needed?

Last year there were 666 sexual offences against children under the age of 16 recorded by police in Buckinghamshire. 707 children were the subject of a child protection plan and there were 887 children in care in Buckinghamshire.

On average, a child somewhere in the UK contacts Childline every 25 seconds. In 2020/21, our Childline volunteers delivered over 200,000 counselling sessions to children and young people across the UK on the phone and online. Based on the population of Buckinghamshire, we can estimate that our volunteers delivered around 2,800 counselling sessions to children living in Buckinghamshire last year.

In 2020/21, the NSPCC helpline responded to almost 85,000 contacts from people with concerns about a child’s welfare. 453 referrals were made from the helpline to local agencies in Buckinghamshire such as the police and children’s services.

Childline and our helpline are open 365 days a year.

£5 could pay for one of our practitioners to answer a call to the NSPCC Helpline.

£8 could pay for two children to speak to a Childline counsellor – whatever their worry.

What do we do?

We have adapted our Speak out. Stay safe. assembly so that we could deliver these virtually instead of going into schools during the pandemic. We ran two live assemblies across the UK whilst schools were closed, reaching hundreds of thousands of children. In 2020/21, we delivered the Speak out. Stay safe. online programme to 1,600 schools across the UK, teaching children how to recognise abuse and neglect and empowering them to speak out if they are worried about anything.

Throughout the pandemic, Childline has continued to be there for children online and on the phone. In 2020/21, our Childline volunteers delivered over 200,000 counselling sessions to children and young people across the UK on the phone and online. Based on the population of Buckinghamshire, we can estimate that our volunteers delivered around 2,800 counselling sessions to children living in Oxfordshire last year.

“The support from fundraisers like you will make sure that we can continue to be there for children. We can continue to run our vital services such as Childline which has seen an increase of calls from children and young people because of the pandemic. On behalf of the children, young people and families supported by the NSPCC, thank you for running the Milton Keynes Half Marathon and supporting those children who need us to be there for them.”

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