Every Leeds pupil to be warned about dangers of abuse

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EVERY pupil in Leeds is to hear a talk from trained NSPCC officers about abuse and how youngsters can put a stop to it.

Shocking NSPCC research shows that, on average, two children in every primary school classroom have suffered abuse or neglect.

However, whether it’s through fear or lack of information, children are not seeking help or telling anyone what’s happening until they are much older.

Since its launch the ChildLine Schools Service has visited 167 schools in the Leeds Local education area and spoken to 12,164 children, but with a total of over 230 primary schools in the area, but NSPCC bosses say there is still a lot more to be done.

Wendy Bates, of the NSPCC, said: “With the support of local people we can visit every primary school in this area and give children the confidence to talk about abuse and the courage to seek help if they ever need it.”

The charity is running a project called the Big Packed Lunch, which will help to fund the NSPCC’s ground-breaking ChildLine Schools Service, which uses trained volunteers to deliver age-appropriate workshops and assemblies to 9-11 year olds in order to educate them about abuse, how to protect themselves, and where to get help if they need it.

The NSPCC is calling on people in Leeds to get together to create a fabulous, creative or unusual lunch on Wednesday September 17 as part of its UK-wide Big Packed Lunch campaign, and to donate the money they would otherwise have spent on a “same old, same old” lunch to help fund its ChildLine Schools Service.

Whether you stage a fancy lunch with cucumber sandwiches and scones, a children’s meal with jelly and fish finger sandwiches, or an indoor picnic, the idea is simple – pick a date for your lunch, invite your guests, make sure they all bring some delicious food to share, make a donation to the NSPCC, then gather round and get stuck in! For anyone who feels like adding a bit of competition to their lunch, hosts could encourage their guests to blind-taste each other’s dishes and rate them ‘Come lunch with me’ style.

Ms Bates added “It’s a really simple idea and we want people to have fun with the Big Packed Lunch and get everyone together to share their lunch goodies, and at the same time raise vital funds for the NSPCC. We hope that lots of local people will take part on the 17th, but if anyone wants to stage a lunch on another date that’s fine too.”

To find out more and to get your Big Packed Lunch fundraising pack, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/lunch.

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