West London's NSPCC branch in Hounslow has closed down and services will instead will be moved to West Middlesex Hospital.

Ten members of staff were made redundant as the Swan Lane centre shut down in November.

An NSPCC official told getwestlondon: "We can confirm that the Hounslow centre in Hanworth closed.

"The decision to close followed a review of the number of bases we need to deliver our strategy.

"However, services are continuing to be offered to the local community on an out-reach basis."

The UK's children charity, which specialises in child protection against cruelty, have reassured the community that referrals will be made to West Middlesex Hospital and the Hounslow Civic Centre.

Hounslow's existing civic centre will be providing NSPCC services from their building

The charity added: "We want to reach five million children by 2021 and make sure stopping child abuse is everyone’s business, but the way we work is changing.

"We are not abandoning anywhere, our expanded schools service, helplines and products for parents mean we will be there for even more children who need our support."

Responding to the closure, the NSPCC expanded its schools safeguarding service in Hounslow.

"Speak Out. Stay Safe" aims to educate children from the age of five about abuse and how to stay safe, a service which has so far reached around 4,000 children in the borough.

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