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LETTER: Encouraging news about funding

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A reader welcomes a funding boost for the NSPCC.

Children

We received some encouraging news recently that the Government will provide £1.6m in funding so that the NSPCC can expand its helpline by employing more staff across two sites and raise public awareness of it.

This is most welcome at a time when we have growing concerns for the safety of some children during the coronavirus crisis – it is vital that people to know how to get advice and support and where to raise concerns about a child’s wellbeing.

The helpline is currently seeing significant demand. In the month since lockdown there have been a total of 5,237 contacts to the helpline from across the UK from adults concerned about the wellbeing and safety of a child.

These contacts have come from adults with a variety of concerns. From worries about parents and carers misusing alcohol and other substances, to domestic and emotional abuse.

In one week alone (April 13-19), the helpline received 1,580 contacts - the highest number in a single week in 2020.

For some children during lockdown, home isn’t a safe place. During this crisis, schools and social workers have been on the frontline protecting vulnerable children. But we must not forget our role as a community - we all have a role in protecting children.

The helpline can be reached 24 hours a day by email – help@nspcc.org.uk - or through its online reporting form. Its team of experts can also be called Monday to Friday 8am-10pm or 9am-6pm at the weekends on 0808 800 5000.

Sandra McNair, NSPCC Midlands Head of Service

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