HIGHEST EVER CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REFERRALS BY NSPCC
Last year, trained NSPCC counsellors working on the 24-hour freephone (0808 800 5000) service referred 16,385 serious cases to police or social services. This is 37% higher than the previous year and the biggest annual increase in referrals to the Helpline yet recorded.
Almost half (46%) the people who contacted the Helpline last year were reporting concerns so serious they needed to be passed on to the authorities - up from 39 per cent the previous year. Cases included physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect - the biggest reason why people contact the Helpline which recorded an 81% increase in referrals.
Now Salford has been chosen as a pilot area to launch a new NSPCC Helpline scheme where trained volunteer awareness campaigners will be deliver presentations to raise awareness of child protection and the NSPCC Helpline.
The presentations only last around twenty minutes and can be tailored to suit any organisation or community group.
"Our Helpline staff and our volunteer Awareness Campaigners are passionate ambassadors for the NSPCC and are keen to tell the local community about the NSPCC Helpline and how we can help protect more children and young people" says Cathy Sames, NSPCC volunteer co-ordinator "This informal talk and presentation may be of particular interest if you work with children or young people; have a personal interest in the safeguarding and protection of children; or if this is an important concern to your community group."
"Sadly many adults are unaware of the Helpline and how it works to protect children around the UK" Cathy adds "Our project provides an opportunity for people in Salford to book a presentation and meet our staff and volunteers face-to-face. By getting out in to the local community, we really believe it could make a real difference to the safety and protection of children."
Anyone wanting to book a free NSPCC Helpline presentation can contact Cathy Sames on 0161 743 4679 or email@example.com
BIKE RIDE TO LIVERPOOL
On Sunday May 29th the NSPCC is asking people to join a bike ride from Watersports Centre at Salford Quays to Otterspool Park in Liverpool.
It's 39 miles on flat, mostly traffic free paths and goes via Old Trafford and Stretford and the Trans-Pennine Trail to Liverpool.
"Why not sign up with family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours, get sponsorship for the ride and enjoy a fantastic days cycling whilst helping to end cruelty to children" says Elizabeth Pickup, corporate fundraising manager for the NSPCC "It promises to be a great day for everyone involved and through you and the money you raise, the NSPCC is able to help and protect some of the most vulnerable children in the country. It is only with the generosity of people fundraising for the charity that we can offer our services."
1300 people took part in last year's event and £17,000 was raised for children across the region.
The NSPCC Bike Ride begins between 8am-10am from Salford Watersports Centre and the cost is £16 per person. There's a bus to take people back to Salford afterwards.
Participants must be over 8 years of age. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 and wear a helmet. For more information and your fundraising pack and to book your place on the ride please visit www.bikeevents.com or contact Elizabeth Pickup, corporate fundraising manager at the NSPCC on 0161 628 1221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The money raised will go towards ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline for adults concerned about a child.
* The NSPCC Helpline is a free, 24-hour service which provides advice to anyone worried about a child. Whether it's a serious concern about a child being badly treated, a need for advice about a child's welfare, or advice and support to parents who may be struggling the Helpline is here to help. The Helpline can be contacted by phone, by email or online. Call 0808 800 5000, or email at email@example.com