In Aid of the NSPCC and ChildLine
All profits from the NSPCC Duncombe Park Fair go directly to the NSPCC to support their work for children in North Yorkshire and throughout Great Britain. Over the past ten years, the Committee has raised over £380,000 in aid of the NSPCC, thanks to the generous support of many local businesses and individuals. The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection.
The NSPCC vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need it and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children.
Locally in North Yorkshire, the York Service Centre delivers services to children and families in the area:
Letting the future in – Helping children and young people overcome the effects of sexual abuse
Minding the baby – Helping young, vulnerable first-time mums cope with the pressures of having a baby
Parents Under Pressure – Helping parents with drug or alcohol issues gain parenting skills
Co-Chairs Karen Storey and Rachael Fraser welcome Sir Peter Wanless, NSPCC’s Chief Executive to the opening night of the Fair
Women as Protectors’ campaign at the NSPCC York Service Centre
Finding out that someone in your life may have sexually abused a child can leave you feeling isolated and worried about your own children. Over 90% of sexually abused children are abused by someone they know, but with the right support, women can provide essential protection for their children.
Women as Protectors is an NSPCC service helping mums and carers who are in contact with a man who poses a risk of sexual harm to their children. This project provides focussed and targeted individual and group work intervention with women and their children. It works with carers to develop coping strategies, reflect on the broader impact of their partner’s offending and be empowered to play an active role in protecting their children.
The NSPCC also provides ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice. The NSPCC’s ground-breaking ChildLine Schools Service, launched in November 2012, uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse, giving them the skills to protect themselves and showing them where to go to for help.
By 2016, the NSPCC hope that volunteers will speak to every primary school child and continue visiting each school every two years – reaching 1.8 million children across the UK. The ChildLine Schools Service will enable children to understand how to keep themselves safe and where to get help if they need it. For more information, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/
The NSPCC also runs a helpline for adults who have a concern about a child or young person. Members of the public can call the NSPCC 24 hours a day on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visit www.nspcc.org.uk For more information about the NSPCC please visit www.nspcc.org.uk.
Every penny raised can make a difference. Just £4 could ensure that, when a child plucks up the courage to ask someone for help, ChildLine is there to answer their call. £42 could pay for a child who may have nowhere else to turn to receive confidential, one-to-one counselling about any issue that’s important to them. £180 could pay a trained practitioner to deliver one day of support through the NSPCC Helpline, to protect the most vulnerable children in society such as babies and toddlers who cannot call for themselves.
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The Committee wishes to thank the following trusts and businesses for their generous donations and support for the Fair.