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NSPCC celebrates the launch of its new services in Sheffield

Opening of Sheffield service centreThe newly refurbished NSPCC Service Centre in Sheffield recently held an official launch to introduce its new services in the city. Over 80 delegates attended the launch event including professionals from social care, health, education, voluntary organisations and NSPCC supporters from across the city.

Guest of honour at the event was Niketa, one of the NSPCC's young ambassadors who is involved in young people's participation work for the charity and officially opened the centre on the day.

The centre offers cutting edge child protection services to some of the most vulnerable children and families in Sheffield, including three programmes involving supporting and protecting looked after children, a group work programme for children whose parents have drug and alcohol problems and are at high risk of abuse or neglect, a sexual abuse therapeutic programme, and a parental support service to help first-time parents to care for their baby.

Other guests at the launch were Tom Rahilly, NSPCC head of strategy and development for looked after children, who highlighted the important work the NSPCC is doing in this area.

Tom said at the event: "It's great to be here in Sheffield to share information about the important work the NSPCC is doing in the city with looked after children. Care provides support for some of our most vulnerable children, but there is more that needs to be done to protect looked after children and help them overcome the effects of abuse and neglect. The team is running three programmes in partnership with the local authority and other agencies to help protect and support children in care."

Karen Bates, service manager for the NSPCC in Sheffield, said: "This is a very exciting time for the NSPCC in Sheffield. The NSPCC makes a huge difference to the lives of children across the UK and this new centre will help us expand our work and pioneer new approaches to address the significant child protection problems facing local children. We are offering a wide range of new services across the City and have increased our team to children's practitioners 36 to help deliver the programmes."

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