The Facts Behind The UK’s Biggest Children’s Charity

Posted on: 04 December 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

We’ve all seen the NSPCC’s hard hitting advertisements, but how much do you know about the UK’s biggest children’s charity?

How It All Began

Reverend George Staite wrote "...we have a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, can we not do something to prevent cruelty to children?" in a letter to the Liverpool Mercury in 1881

On 8th July 1884, The London Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children was established by Reverend Benjamin Waugh. By 1889, after tireless campaigning for donations, they had 32 branches nationwide and were granted a Royal Charter under the patronage of Queen Victoria, changing their name to the National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children.

The NSPCC Today

The NSPCC helps children who are depressed or afraid through its ChildLine service.Since 1889, the NSPCC has helped over 10 million children to escape cruelty. Sadly, as recent news shows us, today's children need the help of the NSPCC every bit as desperately as children did in late Victorian England. One child still dies of abuse or neglect in England and Wales every day, the majority of them are under a year old.

Without your donations, the NSPCC could only continue to give vital care and support to children for seven months. Just some of the ways they care for children are listed below.

  • The NSPCC provides hundreds of community-based services across the UK, from Young People’s Centres to raising awareness in schools, community groups and Family Support Services.
  • The NSPCC constantly lobbies the government to introduce more laws to protect children. In 2007 for example, they successfully campaigned against the use of restraints on young offenders unless they are likely to hurt themselves or others.
  • A massive 43% of children have suffered some form of bullying which can have a devastating effect. The NSPCC provides ChildLine which provides a source of advice and support to children who are scared, depressed or need to talk. Last year, ChildLine received over 500,000 calls but could only help 40% of its callers as they have not currently got enough counselors to meet demand.
  • is the NSPCC’s new online support service for 12-16 year olds with an online agony aunt available at all times and message boards for young people to help each other through their issues.

The Future

Over the next few years the NSPCC needs to expand ChildLine and to ensure that all children get the support they so badly need, some in potentially life or death situations. It is also vital that all adults with concerns over a child’s welfare are able to get through to an adviser. They will continue to fight for further children’s rights and raise awareness of abuse and how it can be prevented.

Your Money & The NSPCC

Without your help, the NSPCC would have to stop helping vulnerable children in just seven months.The NSPCC spent almost £150 million on helping vulnerable children in 2007/08.

Donations to the NSPCC enable them to make progress in the fight against cruelty, to lobby the government for change and answer cries for help through counselling services.

Web Links

For further information or to make a donation, visit the NSPCC Website.

You can also support the NSPCC this Christmas by visiting NSPCC Wishes, where you will find an exciting range of gifts such as letters from Santa to cards, gifts and fundraising challenges.

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