With their ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme, the NSPCC had reached 9,996 children in Bristol through 110 school visits at the end of the last financial year.
Here NSPCC school service co-ordinator Kevin West explains why it is so important to teach youngsters about child abuse.
We all want to keep children safe from harm, and one of the best ways to do that is to give them the information and tools to protect themselves from a young age.
My job, with the support of my amazing volunteers, is to help primary school children understand what abuse is, the different forms it takes, and who the trusted adults are that they can talk to about it, or any other worries or issues they have.
The assemblies and workshops have a huge impact. They empower children to have a voice, to know who to speak to, and that they shouldn’t stop speaking out until action is taken.
With the help of our mascot, speech bubble Buddy, the assemblies are delivered to children aged between four and 11 and content is tailored is suited to different age groups. It’s so positive to get this message out to pupils – no matter how sensitive the topics are.
Both kids and teachers have given us some really positive feedback and we’re always looking to reach more schools and more children.
Two year one pupils told me that the assembly really helped them to stay safe and they learned that if you have a problem and it is “worrying you on the inside”, you can call the Childline number of 0800 1111.
A teacher told me that all her students remembered the Childline phone number by heart and said they really benefited from the assembly.
We rely on the help of volunteers to keep the programme running and full training is provided. If you think you could get involved please get in touch.
For more information on the programme or to volunteer, go to http://www.nspcc.org.uk.