The NSPCC leads the fight against child abuse in the UK. We will do so until it ends and all children are safe from harm.
Since we formed in 1884 the NSPCC’s services have protected millions of children from abuse and neglect, while our lobbying and public education campaigns have shielded countless more from cruelty.
Tragically, abuse and neglect are still commonplace and there is a continuing need for our services.
Gifts kindly left to us in supporters’ wills help us to continue our vital work. After you’ve taken care of your loved ones, a small percentage of whatever’s left could be enough to transform a child’s life.
If you would like to learn more about remembering the NSPCC in your will, please do get in touch with our gifts in wills team on 020 7825 2939, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/giftsinwills or email us at email@example.com.
Amy* was 13 when she was referred to the NSPCC. Throughout her childhood, domestic abuse between her parents had been a constant feature of family life. Amy had been physically and emotionally abused by her father and when he finally left the family home, she told her mother that he had also been sexually abusing her for years.
When she first came to the NSPCC, Amy looked terrified and often appeared trapped and frozen. She hardly spoke for many weeks, but gradually began to use the art materials to express her feelings and tell her story. Her paintings were full of the images in her nightmares and showed the terror and fear that she still felt when she thought about her father.
As her sessions progressed, Amy began to trust her NSPCC practitioner and feel able to talk about what had happened. She explained that her father had threatened to kill her mum and sisters if Amy ever told anyone about what he had done to her. The practitioner was able to support Amy and help her to understand why the threats had been made, and that her bravery in speaking out changed everything. Plans had been put in place to ensure her mother and sisters’ safety and protection, and her father no longer had any control or power in their lives.
As her confidence grew, Amy began to create stories and poems about a young princess whose strength and resourcefulness allowed her to triumph over those who attacked her. Outside of her sessions with the NSPCC, she had made great progress at school and had begun to take a real interest in fashion and friends.
Amy came to the NSPCC for 9 months and during that time she made an amazing transition from a frightened little girl who barely spoke to a confident young lady who enjoyed dancing, painting and spending time with friends.
The last painting she created was of a bright and sparkly rainbow, with the following words written beneath it: Happy Now.
* Names and other identifying features have been changed to protect the family’s identity