Text us your news! Start your message Warrington News and send any photos or videos to 80360
Stopping child abuse in Warrington before it starts
9:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A PIONEERING project has been launched in Warrington as preventative measure to stop child abuse before it starts.
ChildLine has started visiting primary schools in Warrington as part of a nationwide scheme to equip children with the confidence they need to speak out if they fear abuse.
The Now I Know campaign aims to provide children with information about child abuse, how to protect themselves and where they can get help if they need it.
The service visited Bruche Primary School to talk to year six pupils earlier this month about the issues surrounding child abuse through a sensitively tailored workshop and assembly.
Louise Smith, head teacher at the school said: “The ChildLine Schools Service is a valuable service that we are only too happy to have delivered in our school.
“Raising the profile of this work with children helps to build their confidence, resilience and to know what to do to protect themselves as well as others.”
NSPCC research shows that, on average, at least two children in every primary classroom will have suffered some form of abuse or neglect with the majority of cases going undetected.
But ChildLine, a service provided by the NSPCC, encourages children to talk to a trusted adult about their problems by calling its confidential phone line.
Year six pupil Lucy Rimmer said: “It’s important that we know exactly what to do and how I can help my friends. We have learnt a lot with ChildLine.”
Kristy Messham, ChildLine Schools Service area coordinator for Warrington, said: “Most children who contact ChildLine are over 11 years of age, however many of these children suffered in silence for months or even years before eventually finding the courage to contact ChildLine.
“If we are really serious about stopping child abuse, we need to make sure younger children understand abuse is wrong and know where to turn for help.”
The Service has already visited 1,252 children in 19 schools in Warrington but will be rolled out across the rest of the town in the next 12 months.
CHILDLINE School Services is calling for more volunteers to help deliver its ambitious project to schools in Warrington.
The service needs more people to donate their time by helping to be a part of a scheme that will arm children with the knowledge to help prevent child abuse.
Willing volunteers will be given extensive training and support before delivering workshops and assemblies to schools in the area.
Kristy Messham, ChildLine Schools Service area coordinator for Warrington, said:: “This is a real opportunity to change the face of child protection in the UK.
“The ChildLine Schools Service is fundamentally focused on safeguarding young people and we believe it will make a significant contribution to preventing child abuse.”
To volunteer call 07961 246 144 or email email@example.com.
Comments are closed on this article.