Our house charity is the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), a charity that campaigns for the protection of children in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
It was founded in 1884 with a sole aim of ending cruelty to children. In the 19th century, many children suffered great deprivation and hardship. The Reverend George Staite commented on the inhumanity of these times in a letter to the Liverpool Mercury in 1881: “…whilst we have a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, can we not do something to prevent cruelty to children?” On 8 July 1884, The London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was established.
The NSPCC persuades the government on child welfare issues, and creates campaigns for the general public in order to raise awareness for the prevention of cruelty to children. It operates a helpline on 0808 800 5000 if anyone is concerned about a child. Childline became a part of the NSPCC in 2006, offering support and advice to children themselves.
The NSPCC has helped more than 10 million children in the UK, since its establishment in London in the 1884.