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Fight against cruelty

PUBLISHED: 12:35 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:56 25 August 2010

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the cruelty men , the inspectors of a newly created organisation called the NSPCC. It was their job to tour the district and give help to children who were being horrendously abused by their parents. The inspectors vi

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the "cruelty men", the inspectors of a newly created organisation called the NSPCC. It was their job to tour the district and give help to children who were being horrendously abused by their parents.

The inspectors visited homes where there had been reports of ill-treatment and gave advice, or in extreme circumstances took the children away for safety. During the NSPCC's first year - 125 years ago - it dealt with nearly 4,000 cases of abuse and neglect. Since then the charity has helped more than 10 million children.

Iris Pyres, of Rowan Road, Bexleyheath, writes: "I saw your article and it is one I am going to cut out and keep. Could you add please the small addendum that the NSPCC was formed through the RSPCA committee of its time and was later invited to share its offices for meetings.

"It is interesting to note that even in those early days the currently accepted link between cruelty to animals and to children was surmised and a happy fact that co-operation in the alleviation of cruelty and the spread of kindness is still present in the NSPCC and RSPCA today.


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