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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a UK charity working in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. Image File history File links NSPCC.jpg‎ File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links NSPCC.jpg‎ File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ...

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Activities

  • Community-based teams and projects throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Free, 24-hour Child Protection Helpline
  • Operating the ChildLine service throughout the UK, including Scotland
  • Public education campaigns,
  • Parliamentary campaigns.
  • Child protection training and advice for organisations involved in the care, protection and education of children.
  • Research into the nature and effects of child abuse.
  • Information resources on child protection and related topics for professionals, the press and the general public.
  • Fundraising through individual and corporate supporters,
  • Involvement of celebrities, including Kylie Minogue, Jonny Wilkinson, Amir Khan, Catherine Zeta-Jones and others in support of the charity's causes.

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Campaigning and controversy

The NSPCC's campaigning role has often led it into controversial areas. It has recently received complaints for "cold" mailing young mothers with a "babies' names" booklet containing instead a detailed list of the deaths of babies [1]. The charity also supports mandatory sex education for all children, and has argued against the view that marriage is necessarily the only way to create stable relationships [2]. In 2000 the NSPCC supported the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 which lowered the age of consent for same sex relationships to 16, in line with that for heterosexuals [3]. The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In recent years, the charity has faced criticism for its stance on contact visits to children following parents' separation. The NSPCC has consistently opposed an automatic right of contact for both parents, arguing that this is not necessarily in the best interests of the child. This stance has led to criticism both in parliament [4] and by the fathers' rights group Fathers4Justice. Indeed, in 2004 the London headquarters of NSPCC were briefly invaded and occupied by Fathers4Justice supporters. [5] Fathers 4 Justice (sometimes abbreviated to F4J) is a campaigning group in the United Kingdom which works for fathers rights. ...


The NSPCC also faced criticism for failing (along with other organisations) to do enough to help Victoria Climbié and prevent her death, and also for misleading the inquiry into her death.[6] Adjo Victoria Climbié (Saturday, November 2, 1991 - Friday, February 25, 2000), better known as Anna Climbié or Victoria Climbié was born in Abobo near Abidjan, Côte dIvoire, and aged seven was sent by her parents to Europe with her great-aunt Marie Thérèse Kouao for a...


The organisation has also faced criticism for it's increasing obsession with publicity and advertising, for Fear mongering and fabricating or exaggerating facts and figures in it's research. In an article on Spiked, Frank Furedi professor of sociology at the University of Kent, branded it a 'lobby group devoted to publicising its peculiar brand of anti-parent propaganda and promoting itself'. [7] Fear mongering is often used in a time of war as a political tactic to frighten citizens and influence their political views. ... Spiked is a British internet magazine focussing on politics, culture and society. ... Frank Furedi is professor of sociology at the University of Kent, UK. Previously, as Frank Richards, he was founder and chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain, a left-wing political party which was expelled from the International Socialists in the 1970s, styling itself as the Revolutionary Opposition. ...


Satanic ritual abuse scandal

During the late 80's and early 90's, a moral panic emerged over alleged ritual satantic abuse. The NSPCC provided publications known as 'Satanic indicators' to social services around the country causing many social workers to panic and make false accusations. The most prominent of these cases was in Rochdale in 1990 when a total of 12 children were taken from their homes and parents after social services believed then to be involved in satanic or occult ritual abuse. The allegations were later found out to be false. The case was the subject of a BBC documentary which featured recordings of the interviews made by NSPCC social workers, revealing that flawed techniques and leading questions were used to gain evidence of abuse from the children. Critics claim that the social services were wrongly convinced, by organisations such as the NSPCC, that abuse was occuring and so rife that they made allegations before any evidence was considered. [8] A moral panic is a reaction by a group of people based on the false or exaggerated perception that some cultural behavior or group, frequently a minority group or a subculture, is dangerously deviant and poses a menace to society. ... A leading question is a question which attempts to direct a respondant to a particular answer or implies a correct response. ...


Fathers 4 justice protest

In November 2004, the campaign group Fathers 4 justice targetted the London offices of the NSPCC. The protesters claimed that the NSPCC 'ignores the plight of 100 children a day who lose contact with their fathers' and that they promote a 'portrayal of men as violent abusers' [9] Fathers 4 Justice Logo Fathers 4 Justice (or F4J) began as a fathers’ rights organization in the United Kingdom. ...


History

The NSPCC was founded in 1884 as the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (London SPCC) by Benjamin Waugh. 1884 (MDCCCLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Reverend Benjamin Waugh (February 20, 1839 — March 11, 1908) was a Victorian social reformer and campaigner who founded the UK charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the late 19th century, and also wrote various hymns. ...


After five years of campaigning by the London SPCC, Parliament passed the first ever UK legislation to protect children from abuse and neglect in 1889.


The London SPCC was renamed the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1889, to reflect the fact that by then it had branches across Britain and Ireland.


The NSPCC was granted its Royal Charter in 1895, when Queen Victoria became its first Royal Patron. It did not change its title to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, as the name NSPCC was already well established, and also to avoid confusion with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which had already been in existence for more than fifty years. Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819–22 January 1901) was a Queen of the United Kingdom, reigning from 20 June 1837 until her death. ... The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity in England and Wales that promotes animal welfare (there is an identically named organisation in Canada). ... The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity in England and Wales that promotes animal welfare. ...


Today, the NSPCC works in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Children 1st - formerly the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children - is the NSPCC's equivalent in Scotland. The NSPCC's organisation in the Republic of Ireland was taken up by the newly-founded Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) in March 1954. Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... This article is about the country. ... Motto:  (Latin for Who will separate us?)[1] Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official language(s) English (de facto), Ulster Scots, Irish3, Northern Ireland Sign Language, Irish Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of... This article is about the British dependencies, for the islands off Southern California, please see Channel Islands of California. ... Motto: (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots2 Government  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - UK Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by Kenneth I 843  Area    - Total 78,772 km...


In February 2006, the charity ChildLine joined together with the NSPCC. ChildLine is a UK-based childrens charity. ...


The NSPCC's administrative headquarters are in Shoreditch, London. It provides employment to 2500 people [10], and has a budget for 2006-2007 of £138 million. Of this £138 million, the NSPCC plans to spend £60 million (43%) on services for children and young people. It also aims in 2006/2007 explicitly to "ensure every NSPCC service is able to demonstrate clearly how the service is contributing to keeping children safe" [11]. Shoreditch Town Hall Shoreditch is a place in the London Borough of Hackney. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Since 2002, the Chairman of the NSPCC has been Sir Christopher Kelly KCB, formerly a senior Civil Servant. The Chief Executive is Dame Mary Marsh DBE. Sir Christopher William Kelly KCB (b 18 August 1946 in Bromley, Kent), is the current Chairman of the NSPCC and a former senior Civil Servant. ... Military Badge of the Order of the Bath The Most Honourable Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Values

The NSPCC's current core values are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Convention on the Rights of the Child Opened for signature 20 November 1989 in - Entered into force September 2, 1990 Conditions for entry into force 20 ratifications or accessions (Article 49) Parties 193 (only 2 non-parties: USA and Somalia) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child...


They are:

  • Children must be protected from all forms of violence and exploitation
  • Everyone has a responsibility to support the care and protection of children
  • We listen to children and young people, respect their views and respond to them directly
  • Children should be encouraged and enabled to fulfil their potential
  • We challenge inequalities for children and young people
  • Every child must have someone to turn to

Corporate Fundraising

The NSPCC looks to builds relationships with corporate charity partners.


The relationship between companies and the NSPCC is becoming very important, with charity sponsorships and corporate charity donations increasingly used to support most UK charities including the NSPCC.


Examples of companies fundraising for the NSPCC include:

The Early Learning Centre is a British chain of shops selling toys for very young children. ... KJ Beckett is a mens accessories business which is based in Bath, England. ... Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum in London with branches in a number of major cities. ... Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ...

See also

ChildLine is a UK-based childrens charity. ... About the IWF The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) was formed in 1996 following an agreement between the government, police and the internet service provider industry that a partnership approach was needed to tackle the distribution of child abuse images (often referred to as child pornography) online. ... The Church of England Childrens Society is a UK charity (registered in England No. ...

External links

  • NSPCC Homepage
  • Charity commission registration
  • Internet Watch Foundation

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NSPCC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (684 words)
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a UK charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.
The NSPCC's organisation in the Republic of Ireland was taken up by the newly-founded Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) in March 1954.
In 2000 the NSPCC supported the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 which lowered the age of consent for same sex relationships to 16, in line with that for heterosexuals [2].
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Yesterday the NSPCC's director, Mary Marsh, gave her closing statement to the inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié, brutally murdered by her great-aunt and her boyfriend in February 2000.
Asked to submit original documentation, the NSPCC presented the inquiry with photocopies of Victoria's records, with staff names blanked out, claiming the original paperwork was lost.
A spokesperson for the NSPCC came to my daughter's school and gave a talk about cruelty to children and what her wonderful organisation was doing to tackle it.
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