It’s estimated more than half a million children suffer abuse or neglect in the UK every year. That’s why we’re leading the fight against child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. And we’ll continue to do so until all children are safe from harm.
During our 130 year history we have helped bring about huge changes for children but we know that, in an ever-changing world, there are more challenges to come. The simple fact is that we rely on the generosity of people like you to make sure we’re ready to face them. Your support will mean we can fight for every childhood – and be best placed to keep doing this for generations to come.
We help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. Tragically, abuse and neglect are still commonplace and there is a continuing need for our services.
Donations from Will Aid 2015 will go towards projects such as the NSPCC Schools Service, which aims to put ChildLine in every primary school across the UK, to talk to children about abuse, how to protect themselves and where to get help if they need it. By helping children understand and identify abuse in an age appropriate way, we can encourage them to speak out earlier and protect themselves and others from the devastating effects of abuse.
Gifts kindly left to us in supporter's wills help us to continue vital work like this in the future. After you have taken care of your loved ones, a small percentage of whatever’s left could help us make sure that every child has the safe childhood they deserve.
Registered charity England and Wales 216401 and Scotland SC037717.
Weston House, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH.
I had just started High School and a man who lived nearby was sexually abusing me. He threatened to hurt my family if I told anyone about it, so I told no-one.
Then I saw an advert for ChildLine and thought maybe I could speak to someone there who wouldn't tell anyone. So it felt safe.
After a year or so, my family moved away and so the abuse stopped. But the pain didn't.
Once I felt so bad, I was going to take an overdose of tablets, but instead I called ChildLine and didn't do it. I told the counsellor what was going on and she convinced me to throw away the tablets. I'm sure that if it wasn't for ChildLine, I would have died.
They told me not to blame myself for the abuse - that it wasn't my fault. This meant a lot to me because I had blamed myself.
ChildLine kept me alive when I couldn't fight anymore and gave me kindness, support and hope.
* Names and other identifying features have been changed to protect the family’s identity