IT’S a safe haven where children and families can feel at ease - Sheffield’s newly refurbished NSPCC centre.
The base on George Street was given an official launch in front of more than 80 invited guests and some of the charity’s top officials.
The new centre will offer cutting edge child protection services to some of the most vulnerable children and families in Sheffield.
And it is expanding its provision to include extra work to support and protect looked after children, a programme for children whose parents have drug and alcohol problems and are at high risk of abuse or neglect, a sexual abuse therapy programme and a parental support service to help first time parents care for their baby.
Cutting the ribbon at the opening was Niketa Sanderson, one of the NSPCC’s young ambassadors who works hard as a volunteer.
Guests also heard from head of strategy Tom Rahilly, who highlighted the important work the NSPCC was doing for looked after children.
He said: “We provide 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 here are now running three programmes in partnership with the local authority and other agencies to help protect and support children in care.”
Sheffield service manager Karen Bates 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 36 to help deliver the programmes.”
The centre offers a wide range of facilities to help children and families feel at ease. It has been designed with children in mind and provides a safe and comfortable environment, including confidential counselling rooms.