The NSPCC is calling for volunteers to join its school service and help children understand how to spot and report abuse.
It is estimated that in the middle class of a primary school in the UK, at least two children have been abused or neglected.
The South West NSPCC is calling for volunteers to join its school service and visit primary schools to help children understand how to spot and report signs of abuse.
Last year (2021/22), across the UK, the NSPCC’s Childline service conducted over 14,000 counseling sessions on emotional, physical and sexual abuse and neglect, but counselors cannot provide help and support only if children have the knowledge and confidence to speak up. the first place.
This is why the Schools Service Speak Out Stay Safe (SOSS) campaign is so important and why volunteers are essential to help ensure that every child in the region knows how to speak up and stay safe.
With the help of the speech bubble mascot, Buddy, SOSS volunteers visit primary schools and run fun and engaging child-friendly, age-appropriate workshops to help students understand and identify different types of children. abuse and how to talk about any issues so they can get help if they need it.
The workshops cover these difficult topics without using scary words or adult language and help children identify a trusted adult they can talk to if they’re worried about themselves or a friend.
They also learn about Childline and how it can support them.
Last year, more than 430 primary schools participated in the Speak Out Stay Safe program across the South West
“The Speak Out Stay Safe program started in 2011 and we currently provide the service to 90% of primary schools in the South West and the Channel Islands,” said Michelle Green, NSPCC South Schools Service Manager. west and the Channel Islands.
“You don’t need to have had previous experience working with children to volunteer, but we do ask you to be over 16, have good communication skills and be passionate about children. children’s rights and to make children aware of their rights.
“We are looking for volunteers from all over the South West.
“Comprehensive training is provided and all we ask is that you commit to at least two workshops per month at schools that suit you.”
If you would like more information and/or attend an information session, go to: www.nspcc.org.uk and search ‘school volunteering’ or email: [email protected]
NSPCC Adult Helpline: 0808 800 5000 or visit: www.nspcc.org.uk
Childline: 0800 1111 or visit: www.childline.org.uk
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