Together for Childhood
Bringing communities together to fight for every childhood.
Child abuse is preventable, if we all work together.
Together for Childhood is our long-term project working with local communities to make them safer for children. We help local partners and families come together to prevent abuse and tackle the problems that cause it, head-on.
Watch our video to see how this approach brings people and services together.
How does Together for Childhood work?
Every community is different. That’s why each Together for Childhood site is specially run by a local team. They work to strengthen and build new relationships between partner organisations such as local authorities, charities and schools.
Working with the community, the partners in each Together for Childhood area look at what’s working well, how organisations are working together and what can be done to build on that.
Then, together, we test new ways to prevent abuse that are tailor-made for the community’s needs. This can be through public awareness campaigns, events in schools, engaging with communities, and direct services for children, young people and families.
Together for Childhood communities focus on either:
- preventing child abuse in families facing difficult situations like domestic abuse, drug or alcohol misuse and mental health problems
- preventing child sexual abuse.
Why do we need to come together for childhood?
At the NSPCC we provide a variety of services to help children who’ve experienced abuse to go on to live safe and happy lives.
But to make a lasting difference, we have to prevent abuse from happening in the first place.
Imagine a community that uses the best of what social care, schools, community groups, police and the NSPCC are already doing to prevent abuse. By working together and combining these skills, we can find earlier and better ways to support children and families.
A community where there is less abuse is one where:
- places where children spend time are made safer
- adults take action to keep children safe
- children know what abuse is and are able to speak out
- there is early and effective action if problems do arise.
Looking to the future
The progress we make to prevent abuse today will keep children safer for generations to come.
We will test the Together for Childhood approach to learn what works best and continue to improve it. If it’s successful, it can be repeated not only across the UK but around the world.
Where is Together for Childhood available?
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