NSPCC volunteers ready for start of term after reaching record number of pupils in Nottingham

The NSPCC taught a record total of more than 12,000 Nottingham pupils in a single year how to keep themselves safe, new figures reveal – as staff and volunteers prepare for the new term.

The charity’s pioneering ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme visited 39 city primary schools in the 2016/17 academic year, reaching 12,240 pupils.

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And NSPCC Schools Service staff and volunteers are ready to continue their vital work as pupils return this week.

‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ teaches children aged five to 11 how to recognise sexual, emotional and physical abuse, and who they can talk to about concerns.

The programme consists of separately tailored assemblies – one for Early Years and Key Stage 1 and another for Key Stage 2 pupils – followed by a one hour classroom workshop for children in years 5 and 6.

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With the help of NSPCC mascot Buddy, the child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops 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 the    Childline service.

A clear example of ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’s’ impact was seen earlier this year, when Matthew Salmon, of Nottingham, was found guilty of rape and child sexual abuse offences after  his victim came forward following an NSPCC workshop at her school.

NSPCC Schools Service Area Co-ordinator for Nottingham, Emma Grishin, said: “’Speak Out. Stay Safe’ gives children the courage and knowledge to speak out and is spreading an important message – but does so in a lively, interactive and memorable way. We want to leave children feeling empowered to talk to a trusted adult or Childline.”

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“We are delighted to have reached so many children in Nottingham last year and we are looking forward to going back into schools over the coming months.”

If you’d like the NSPCC to visit your school or if you want to know more about the ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme please complete a schools enquiry form at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/working-with-schools/contact-childline-schools-service/