Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies is calling on the NSPCC to review their plans to end face-to-face services at their Prestatyn centre, which services North Wales.
The UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover, are proposing to stop the in-person services they provide at the North Wales Service Centre in Prestatyn and instead operate from a central hub in Cardiff.
James is pleased the plans will not impact Childline in Prestatyn, but believes a hub in South Wales will not be beneficial to local people.
He is therefore appealing to the charity to reconsider their plans.
“I became aware of the NSPCC’s plans last Thursday, after hearing that a dozen staff members at the North Wales Service Centre in Prestatyn were at risk of redundancy.
“I contacted the charity immediately to enquire further and was concerned to learn that there is a plan to end existing face-to-face services at the site in Prestatyn. While I understand that charitable fundraising will have been hit hard during the pandemic, and while I welcome the fact that the Childline presence is due to remain in the town, I have highlighted that the location of a “hub” in Cardiff will be of little use to local people.
“The NSPCC does vital and important work and they must have the freedom to choose the nature of the services they offer and how they deliver them, but I have urged them to reconsider their plans to withdraw the existing face-to-face provision in North Wales.”
The changes to local services are in the proposal stages and a consultation is now live.