The NSPCC has asked people to contact their helpline for help, guidance or advice on any child related issue. If you are worried for the welfare/safety of a child, or if you need parenting advice on any topic from babies to teenagers the phone line is there to help.
"We want to assure people not to worry about contacting us, we're the people to talk to if you ever have concerns" says John Cameron Head of the NSPCC Helpline "It doesn't matter if it's a false alarm or a small worry that we can easily dispel. The most important thing is to let us know."
The helpline, manned by 59 staff based at Quays Reach in Salford, is confidential for those who want to remain so and all calls are dealt with by professionally trained child protection workers who are experts in giving advice, guidance and getting further help if needed.
For those who may still be unsure about calling a helpline the NSPCC has also set up a section on its website (click here) to deal with frequently asked questions.
The helpline is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year and no question or query is to small or trivial.
Contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000
Or fill in the online form at www.nspcc.org.uk
For those who are interested in helping the NSPCC from donations to voluntary work then details are also available online at www.nspcc.org.uk
Words: Gareth Lyons