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NSPCC stalwart retires after 15 years’ service

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A WOMAN who has spent 15 years working with children, young people and families through the NSPCC in Jersey is retiring.

Selina Winter, who has retired from the NSPCC after 15 years (28774928)

Selina Winter has seen hundreds of young people and expectant parents through the doors of the charity’s Jersey branch since she was first appointed children’s service practitioner in 2005.

And today, as she prepares to retire to Devon to spend more time with her own family, she has reflected on the 15-year journey the charity has been on while she has been part of the team.

‘To see how NSPCC Jersey has expanded and been so successful is wonderful and I know I am leaving the team in great shape, which is very satisfying,’ said Ms Winter, who previously worked for the States police and Children’s Services.

NSPCC Jersey was originally located at Samarès Primary School, before moving into the on-site caretaker’s bungalow, where it held informal drop-in sessions for pre-school children and their families.

‘At that time our focus was on parenting and preparing children for starting school, which is very different from the types of services we run now that help children who have been sexually abused and provide support for expectant parents,’ said Ms Winter.

‘Thanks to the generosity of Philip Gower, we are now working from the Gower Centre in Stopford Road with a team of seven practitioners, and we have continued to be here for children and families in a virtual capacity during lockdown.’

Since 2015 Ms Winter has been team manager, and she said she was proud of many of the charity’s programmes and campaigns, most notably the PANTS campaign, which teaches families simple ways to talk to children about staying safe from sexual abuse, and its Baby Steps programme to help people prepare for becoming parents.

‘I am looking forward to my new adventure,’ she said. ‘I am lucky to be taking early retirement and it will be so nice to be on hand to support my daughter as she trains to become a commercial pilot.

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‘On a personal note, I will really miss the NSPCC Jersey team, as they are such a dedicated and passionate group of people who only want the best for children and families. They have proved this even more during Covid-19 by being adaptable and flexible in how they have kept in touch with the children and families they work with, delivering our services virtually.’

Service centre manager Jacky Moon paid tribute to Ms Winter, saying: ‘Selina is going to be greatly missed for her professionalism, agility, compassion and sense of humour. Her focus has always centred on doing the very best for children and families and Jersey, and she has led and supported the team to do the same.’

Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free and confidential advice on 0808 800 5000 or visit nspcc.org.uk. Children can contact Childline for free on 0800 1111 or visit childline.org.uk.

Lucy Stephenson

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