NSPCC helps Leeds children stay safe

ASSEMBLIES: Michelle Poucher, a school service area coordinator with the NSPCC.
ASSEMBLIES: Michelle Poucher, a school service area coordinator with the NSPCC.
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As the new school term gets under way, volunteers at the NSPCC are preparing to help protect more children from abuse and neglect.

The charity’s Speak Out and Stay Safe assemblies and workshops encourage primary school children to speak to an adult they trust if they feel upset or worried, and teaches them how to keep themselves safe.

During the last academic year, the charity spoke to 118,934 children and visited 553 schools across Yorkshire and the Humber as part of its schools services programme. The volunteers present two slightly different assemblies at each school – one for Key Stage One and another for Key Stage Two.

Nick Hanslip, NSPCC school service manager, said: “We are so pleased to have reached the numbers of children we have, it is so important that we should not leave vital lessons about abuse or relationships to playground hearsay.

“At the start of a brand new school year we look forward to visiting schools across the land with our fun mascot Buddy, ensuring all our children know when to speak out and stay safe.”

The charity runs the Speak Out and Stay Safe initiative with the help of its many volunteers.

Mr Hanslip added: “The difference they have made to children’s lives is huge and I look forward to working with them in the new school year.”

Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/working-with-schools/contact-childline-schools-service for more information about getting involved with the schools services programme.

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