Almost 2,000 children in Northern Ireland were identified as needing protection from abuse last year.
The NSPCC are the leading children’s charity in the UK and Channel Islands fighting to end child abuse. Through our work, the NSPCC help children who have been abused rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from happening.
At NSPCC Northern Ireland, we provide support to parents and families in caring for their children. We assist families that are going through difficult time, like battling addiction or overcoming mental health problems, as well as providing therapeutic services to help children move on from abuse.
We also provide guidance to professionals such as social workers to help them make the best decisions for children, across the UK.
What services are available in Northern Ireland?
The following NSPCC services are available in Northern Ireland:
Childline is a 24 hour helpline for children and young people who need help and support. It is a private and confidential place for a child to talk to one of our counsellors, all of whom are trained staff and volunteers with experience of listening and talking to children and young people. Call 0808 1111, or access support by email or direct message by visiting www.childline.org.uk
The NSPCC Helpline provides help and support to thousands of parents, professionals and families. This is a place adults can contact by phone or online to get advice or share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish.
Professionals such as teachers and doctors also contact us on the Helpline for information guidance and impartial advice from professional counsellors on a range of issues, no matter how small they may seem. You can call the Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Witness Service
The NSPCC Young Witness Service offers free, independent and confidential support and assistance to children and young people who have to go through the trauma of giving evidence in court. NSPCC workers and volunteers provide information and advice to children and young people – as well as their family, friends and supported, – before, during and after a trial.
This service is available to young witnesses in all types of crime and in every Crown, Magistrate or Youth Court. The service can be contacted on 028 2044 1650 for further information.
The NSPCC Northern Ireland operates a range of other services out of centres in Belfast, Craigavon and Foyle. These services include the following:-
- Sexual abuse recovery services – protection, prevention and support services for child who have been or are at risk of sexual abuse or exploitation
- Neglect services – aimed at assessing and identifying neglect, providing support to parents and reviewing family situations to protect children at risk of harm.
- Early intervention services – aimed at providing ante natal and post natal support to help parents cope with the pressure of having a baby
- Family support services – services aimed at supporting parents with issues surrounding domestic violence, alcohol abuse and mental health issues
- Helping children living with parents with mental health issues
- Support for parents struggling to take care of their children
- Support for young people in care.
Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/services or call 0808 800 5000 for more information on the services we provide