Vi­tal talk de­liv­ered to pri­mary schools

NSPCC host fi­nal work­shop with Blair pupils

Perthshire Advertiser - - 0H9O.R11O.S2C0O18PE - Rob­bie Chalmers

The Na­tional So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren’s (NSPCC) Speak Out, Stay Safe (SOSS) ser­vice has now been de­liv­ered to all main­stream pri­mary schools in Perth and Kin­ross.

The im­por­tant ser­vice vis­its schools to help chil­dren learn how to recog­nise abuse.

Vol­un­teers de­liv­ered the SOSS assem­bly at St Stephen’s Pri­mary in Blair­gowrie last week, mean­ing all 70 main­stream pri­mary schools in the re­gion have now re­ceived the as­sem­blies and work­shops.

NSPCC Scot­land be­gan de­liv­er­ing the ser­vice to pri­mary schools in Scot­land in 2012, and since then its staff and vol­un­teers have spo­ken to tens of thou­sands of school chil­dren the length and breadth of the coun­try.

Re­search from the lead­ing chil­dren’s char­ity shows that on aver­age at least two chil­dren in ev­ery pri­mary class across the UK will have suf­fered some form of abuse or ne­glect. In the 2017/18

(Back row) NSPCC Scot­land schools ser­vice vol­un­teer Agnes Ram­say, schools ser­vice area co-or­di­na­tor Enola But­ler and St Stephen’s P6 and P7 teacher Lisa He­garty. (Front row) Lance St Maria, Kian Don­nelly hold­ing St Stephen’s mas­cot El­liot and Rhi­an­non Corbin hold­ing NSPCC Scot­land’s schools ser­vice mas­cot Buddy

aca­demic term, 34 lo­cal au­thor­ity schools were reached across Perth and Kin­ross and more than 4550 pri­mary pupils re­ceived the ser­vice.

Lisa He­garty, P6 and P7 teacher at St Stephen’s, said: “It was such an im­por­tant mes­sage for the chil­dren to re­ceive and it’s vi­tal they know who they can turn to for help if there is some­thing wor­ry­ing them.

“We are very proud to be the

last school in Perth and Kin­ross to re­ceive the Speak Out, Stay Safe ser­vice and it was great to end on a high note.”

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil’s life­long learn­ing con­vener, Coun­cil­lor Caro­line Shiers, said: “The visit to St Stephen’s marks a key mile­stone in the de­liv­ery of the Speak Out, Stay Safe pro­gramme in Perth and Kin­ross. NSPCC Scot­land has now at­tended all our pri­mary schools to present very use­ful ad­vice and guid­ance to as­sist school staff, par­ents and car­ers, and pro­vide chil­dren with the in­for­ma­tion they need to stay safe and where to seek help from.

“This is key to our am­bi­tions to make sure our chil­dren are safe and pro­tected. I’m pleased our con­tin­u­ing part­ner­ship with NSPCC Scot­land is help­ing to make a such a valu­able dif­fer­ence.”

Alan Ste­wart, NSPCC Scot­land schools ser­vice man­ager, added: “We greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of the Perth and Kin­ross lo­cal au­thor­ity in man­ag­ing to reach so many pri­mary schools and for recog­nis­ing the value that we can bring to health and well­be­ing out­comes for chil­dren and young peo­ple.

“We look for­ward to that part­ner­ship con­tin­u­ing in the fu­ture.”

For de­tails on how to vol­un­teer for the NSPCC in schools see https://www.nspcc.org.uk/whatyou-can-do/vol­un­teer­ing-nspc­c­child­line/vol­un­teer-child­li­neschools-ser­vice/

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