Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Last week my sister Siobhan from Netmums visited the NSPCC call centre to see first hand the type of work they do and the variety of calls they deal with. 

Netmums were hosting a live web chat on Facebook all about it and asked:
"What would you do if you saw or heard something that concerned you about a child? What stops you intervening?"

One of the first comments returned was this:
"What stops me intervening? The fact that I don't know the full story. The fact that it's none of my business. The fact that unless it is seriously dangerous or damaging then just because it isn't the way I choose to parent, it doesn't mean it's my place to judge."

Sadly this response was flooded with 'likes' and many of the other comments throughout the morning showed a confusion as to what and when to report and the implications that were involved if they had 'got it wrong'.

The NSPCC have said:
"We don't want people to feel they have to make decisions about whether a child is at risk. We're here 24/7 and by talking to the public about their worries we can take the responsibility for protecting children off their shoulders - that's why we say 'It might be nothing, but it could be something'"

In 2011, a record number of almost 45,000 people across the UK contacted the NSPCC because they were worried about a child. Around half of these cases were so serious they warranted immediate action. But a new report from the charity╩╝s helpline service found that 56 per cent of these serious calls were from people who had been concerned about a child for at least a month, and over a quarter had waited at least six months.

These figures come as a new campaign, directed by Amanda Boyle (Skins) is launched. 

The video mimics a well-known online meme but carries a serious message.

What this film is asking you to do is to trust your instincts when you think things aren't quite as they should be. 

Don't wait. Hand it over to the experts. 

It might be nothing, but it could be something.

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