Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Suffolk: Childline schools service needs volunteers to support activities

10:13 12 March 2014

A national children’s charity is to go round schools teaching youngsters how to stay safe from abuse.

shares

A national children’s charity is to go round schools teaching youngsters how to stay safe from abuse.

ChildLine is rolling out a new programme in Suffolk to help younger children’s understanding of abuse.

Using assemblies and workshops delivered by trained volunteers, ChildLine, run by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), will help pupils recognise situations where they may need help and tell them how to access support.

William Shaw, ChildLine schools service manager, said: “Research undertaken by the NSPCC shows that the majority of children who contact ChildLine for advice, information and support are over 11 years old.

“We know that the majority of children who are subject to a 
child protection plan are under the age of 11. These younger children are not connected so much with the outside world.

“In fact, their world is quite small. So if abuse is happening to them at that age, then it’s very difficult for children to speak up.

“That’s why we want to educate children earlier and ensure they know how to keep themselves safe or seek help if they need it.”

The service will need to recruit more than 20 volunteers from across Suffolk to reach the 302 primary schools which teach around 
64,000 children in three years. By 2016 ChildLine aims to have visited every school in the UK at least every two years.

The NSPCC said that sessions will be tailored to ensure topics are covered in a way which children understand.

The presentations and messages delivered at schools have been developed alongside children, parents, carers and teachers.

“The service is provided free of charge and focuses on primary school children, aged nine to 11 years old.”

Mr Shaw added: “What’s key about our schools service is that we need a great team of volunteers.

“It is very much about mobilising the community and to make child protection everyone’s responsibility so we’re encouraging people to get in touch to discuss local volunteering opportunities.”

First piloted in 2010, there are two phases to the service. The first is a school assembly that provides definitions of abuse, places to go for help and an introduction to ChildLine. The second phase takes place one to two weeks later and is an interactive classroom-based workshop where the messages are reinforced.

The volunteers will be trained to deliver the assemblies and workshops.

All materials will be provided and volunteers will be given regular training and support.

For more information about volunteering for the ChildLine Schools Service, visit ww.nspcc.org.uk/schoolsservice.

ChildLine on 0800 1111 and www.childline.org.uk is the UK’s only free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people.

Trained volunteer counsellors advise and protect children and young people aged 18 and under. Adults worried about a child can call 0808 800 5000.

shares

0 comments

Lydia Sophie Eileen, who was born at 24 weeks and 6 days.

When Ipswich mum Maxine Steward when into labour 15 weeks early, she feared the worst for her baby girl.

Stick-on artist’s impression of Ipswich station refurbishment

Passengers waiting to board trains at Ipswich may have noticed hoardings depicting the station’s soon-to-be refurbished ticket office.

Colin Brereton Tanzania trek

It’s a far cry from his home in Stoke-by-Clare but for Colin Brereton a love of nature, being outdoors and preserving the world for future generations has seen him pack his bags for a gruelling trek in aid of farmers in Africa.

Mike Ambrose

The death of a young Kesgrave chef involved in a fatal crash in Suffolk was due to misadventure, an inquest has ruled.

The victims lived in Park North, off Westerfield Road

An Ipswich teenager accused of being involved in a burglary at the home of an elderly Ipswich couple has denied he had an extra pair of socks stuffed inside his trainers to wear on his hands to avoid leaving fingerprints.

Fitness instructor Marie Mortimer at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure show moves that tone glutes. 

Bulgarian Split Squats

Here Marie Mortimer of South Suffolk Leisure shows us how to achieve the bottom you’ve always wanted with five simple movements.

Sudbury resident George Buffham outside the Nestle Purina factory

Around £2million has been spent on measures to tackle foul odours emanating from a Sudbury pet food factory, it has emerged.

Live Well Suffolk is urging smokers to quit for their loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Health chiefs are urging smokers to show how much they care for their loved ones by quitting on Valentine’s Day next week.

The 23-year-old will appear in court today

The number of violent and sexual crimes being reported in south west Ipswich has more than quadrupled over the past two years.

Cabinet member for children Gordon Jones welcomed the new Ofsted report.

Suffolk County Council’s services for children has been rated good by Ofsted inspectors – but there are still elements of its work that require improvements.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24