The NSPCC has launched Childhood Day, which takes place on 11 June 2021 and calls on people to celebrate childhood and support its work by organising a fundraising play event. 

Since April last year, NSPCC has revealed that Childline has carried out 73,088 counselling sessions about mental or emotional health. 5,646 of these counselling sessions were with children aged 11 or under, an increase of nearly a third (29%) when compared to the year before. 

The charity has also revealed that in 2020/21, the first full year of living under Coronavirus restrictions, it delivered 16,610 counselling sessions about abuse, with counselling sessions about emotional abuse increasing by 18% when compared to the year before. 

Now, as lockdown continues to ease, the charity is encouraging people across the UK to get involved in Childhood Day, which takes place on 11 June. The event was previously piloted in specific areas, and has now launched with a refreshed look and feel. 

The charity has also launched a film that encourages people to play their part for children by signing up, downloading a fundraising pack and organising a play event to fundraise for the NSPCC.