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No child should face a summer of abuse.

When the school gates close for some children this summer there’ll be no escape from 6 weeks of abuse or neglect. Separated from their usual safety nets these children will feel more alone than ever during the holidays. The NSPCC helpline gives adults who are worried about children a place to speak out on their behalf and get expert advice to help keep children safe. 

But right now, there are children across the country who are dreading a summer of abuse or neglect. For children who are unable to tell anyone what's happening, your amazing help can allow us to build a support network for them by enabling adults to voice their concerns to the helpline.

Donna-Marie’s story

For Donna-Marie the school holidays were the worst time of the year.

She was sexually abused for over a decade by her step-father and when the school holidays approached, instead of being excited about the final bell ringing, Donna-Marie dreaded being trapped with her abuser for 6 long weeks.

The threats she received, and the fear that no one would believe her story, stopped her from speaking out until she was 18.

Now Donna-Marie makes sure her children always feel safe and secure because she can't bear the thought of them feeling the way she did as a child.

"As adults, we all owe it to children to keep a lookout and voice our concerns. The helpline helps us do just that, and allows us to pass any worries over to the experts."


A voice to keep children safe 

The helpline provides vital protection for children who might not be able to speak out for themselves. 

Please ensure we can be there for these children when the final school bell rings and summer holidays begin. Together, we can provide them with the safety and care they deserve.

It costs £5 to answer a call to the NSPCC helpline, which last year responded to over 65,000 contacts from people with concerns about a child’s welfare. But our helpline only exists thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, from whom we receive around 90% of our funding.* 

Thank you for believing that every childhood is worth fighting for. It's because of you that we can transform children's lives. 

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The NSPCC helpline provides 24/7 help and support to thousands of parents, professionals and families, by phone or online, whatever the issue.

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