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NSPCC appeals for volunteers in Hampshire to help children Speak Out. Stay Safe

In 2015/16, the NSPCC’s Speak Out. Stay Safe programme was delivered to more than 11,000 children across Hampshire.

The charity’s schools safeguarding service uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse.

In order to continue to expand on the number of primary schools visited across the county the charity is looking to recruit more volunteers.

With the help of mascot Buddy, the programme provides child-friendly, interactive assemblies for children aged 4-11 plus a one hour classroom workshop for children in Years 5 and 6.

Offered to schools at no cost, the service is designed to help children:

              Understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse

              Know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse

              Know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including Childline.

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Photography by Alex Grace. The children pictured are volunteers.

The programme was launched in 2011 after research showed the majority of children who contact Childline are over 11 years of age. Many said that the abuse had begun years before they picked up the phone. The aim is to reach children potentially before abuse starts.

Emma Aked, who runs the programme in Hampshire, said: “The Speak Out, Stay Safe programme is enormously important as it gives children the language and confidence they need to talk about their worries, and the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe but the programme relies on dedicated volunteers to deliver the assemblies and workshops.

“Volunteering is a fantastic way to give something back whilst also learning new skills and meeting new people. The NSPCC, and our friendly team of volunteers, give you all the training and support you need to feel confident in your role.

“With a minimum commitment of as little as three morning or afternoon visits a month, you can give as much or as little time as you like.

“If you believe in the empowerment and protection of all children then this is your chance to equip a generation of children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.”

A Speak Out. Stay Safe programme volunteer would need to be available to make two school visits a month, take part in an e-learning training module and attend a two-day training workshop.

Applications for the volunteer role in Hampshire close on Wednesday, 1 March.

To apply visit http://bit.ly/2hZHXdx

To arrange for the Speak Out. Stay Safe programme to visit your school, contact Emma Aked, Hampshire area coordinator, at emma.aked2@nspcc.org.uk or email janine.mcdonald@nspcc.org.uk

    

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