Today, staff from the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline attended the launch of the new NSPCC Adult Helpline based in Belfast. This will provide free, anonymous and 24/7 specialist support, advice and counselling for any adult with concerns for a child’s well-being.
If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visit NSPCC website
Annie Campbell (Director, WAFNI) also recently attended the launch of NSPCC’s Domestic Abuse Recovery and Support (DARS) toolkit. The £750,000 project, undertaken by NSPCC domestic abuse teams in Foyle and Belfast, builds on existing domestic abuse services across the UK. DARS will play a pivotal role in giving health professionals the knowledge to spot abuse within families and allow for the best possible outcomes for children.
Women’s Aid are acutely aware of the profound impact domestic violence can have on all areas of children and young people’s lives. We have a long and successful history of meeting the needs of children and young people who experience domestic violence. Recognising our expertise in this area, Women’s Aid participated in the NSPCC pilot. Local Women’s Aid groups will also have the opportunity to take part in training to deliver the toolkit later in the year.
We welcome DARS as a valuable resource to raise awareness of the impact domestic violence has on children and help prevent child abuse across Northern Ireland.