Help­ing keep chil­dren safe

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Your Say -

ONE in five chil­dren has suf­fered some kind of abuse – and we know the ef­fects can be dev­as­tat­ing and last for years.

That’s why the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe pro­gramme is teach­ing chil­dren how to keep them­selves safe and who they can speak to if they need help.

De­liv­ered at no cost to schools, the pro­gramme could pre­vent pupils suf­fer­ing from abuse or neglect.

In Novem­ber, a school in the West Mid­lands be­came the 20,000th in the UK to be vis­ited by our Speak Out Stay Safe team – a mile­stone in our mis­sion to reach ev­ery pri­mary school. We’re urg­ing all schools to sign up for a visit.

With the help of our mas­cot Buddy, Speak Out Stay Safe is spread­ing an im­por­tant mes­sage in a lively, in­ter­ac­tive and mem­o­rable way. Through age-ap­pro­pri­ate, in­ter­ac­tive as­sem­blies and work­shops, chil­dren are em­pow­ered to recog­nise the dif­fer­ent types of abuse and un­der­stand how to pro­tect them­selves.

We help chil­dren to iden­tify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are wor­ried about them­selves or a friend.

They also learn about Child­line and how the ser­vice can sup­port them.

And though we are de­lighted to have reached so many pupils, we will keep vis­it­ing schools ev­ery week to en­sure this vi­tal ser­vice helps to pro­tect a gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren from abuse.

It is our am­bi­tion to reach ev­ery school in the UK.

To find out more, and re­quest a visit for your school, go to www. nspcc.org.uk/speak­out.

The NSPCC Schools Ser­vice re­lies on vol­un­teers to help de­liver as­sem­blies and work­shops. To get in­volved or to find out more, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you­can-do. Cather­ine Hatcher

Schools Ser­vice Area Co-or­di­na­tor

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