CHILDLINE: Speak Out Stay Safe workshops support primary school children
One of the most common reasons young people want to talk to us is to raise concerns about violence – whether emotional, physical or sexual.
We provide a vital service to children who need to talk about something, but we can only help and support them about it if they have the confidence to speak up in the first place.
This is where our colleagues at the NSPCC help, as they have volunteers who visit elementary schools across the country to share important protection information through our Speak Out Stay Safe workshops.
Presented in a child-friendly and age-appropriate way, these workshops help children understand the different types of abuse and how to spot the signs and talk about the problem so they can get help if they find it. need.
We have volunteers here in the North East, and they’re all great – but we need more so we can reach every school and every child and help us protect a generation of children from abuse and neglect.
Current volunteers tell us that they love the training they have received, the support they receive from their teams, but also knowing that they have made a positive difference for even one child.
We know that our Speak Out Stay Safe workshops can have a real impact on children, as in some sessions children have spoken out and revealed abuse.
Of course, this means that our volunteers must also be able to handle events like this with sensitivity, but again there is plenty of support and training available to anyone who signs up.
Our Childline counselors are amazing at what they do, and the children who contact us are brave to do so – we just need new volunteers to help them understand how to voice their concerns.
•To find out more about volunteering for the NSPCC School Service, see the website by logging on to www.nspcc.org.uk