NSPCC to make 70 fundraising staff redundant but promises 94 new jobs

Children's charity to close centres in south-west England

NSPCC helps children in need
NSPCC helps children in need

About 70 NSPCC fundraising staff have received redundancy notices as part of a restructure that the children's charity says will create 94 new jobs.

A statement from the charity said it carried out a consultation process with fundraising staff on new proposals for the department. At the end of this process "a number of current employees received redundancy notices", it said. A spokeswoman later confirmed the number was 70.

"In parallel, a number of new and existing vacancies were identified which significantly outnumbered the number of staff at risk," the statement said. "We are fully committed to working with these staff to identify suitable redeployment opportunities wherever possible."

The charity has also announced it will close some of its projects in south-west England as part of an organisation-wide strategic review of the location of its services.

An NSPCC spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm how many staff would be affected by the closure of the centres, which work across areas including families affected by domestic abuse. They are located in Calne, Truro, Taunton, Dorchester and Exeter.

"We are discussing the implications of the decision to close services with staff and are working with them to establish how the decision will affect their individual circumstances," she said.

The charity said its south-west service centres will be located only in Swindon, Bristol and Plymouth.

Sharon Copsey, the charity’s head of service for the south-west said: "These decisions do not reflect the quality of the service delivered by individual teams, but the fact that the NSPCC cannot be everywhere.

"Our aim is to ensure our funds are used to maximum effect, enabling us to have staff in locations where they can focus on helping as many children as possible."

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