Child protection charity NSPCC recruiting team to help beat abuse in Hartlepool

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A LEADING children’s charity is looking for volunteers to go back to the classroom to help deliver a ground-breaking service to Hartlepool schools.

The NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service sees trained volunteers visit primary schools to talk sensitively to youngsters about abuse.

It aims to give primary school children the awareness they need to recognise abuse, and to seek help sooner if they need it.

In Hartlepool, the service has visited 10 schools and talked to over 700 children it began in June 2012.

Now the NSPCC is looking for new volunteers in Hartlepool to help protect and educate 22 more schools.

The charity will visit Barnard Grove Primary School next month.

Louise Willis-Keeler, ChildLine Schools Service area coordinator for Teesside, said: “Volunteers are vital to the success of the ChildLine Schools Service and we really need local people to come forward to help us reach every primary school in Hartlepool.

“We are looking for people from all walks of life who can communicate and engage with children and are willing to learn new skills and work with other volunteers.”

The service is delivered through assemblies and classroom-based workshops to give children the confidence to talk about abuse and to know who to turn to if they need help.

For details email louise.williskeeler@nspcc.org.uk or visit www.nspcc.org.uk/volunteer.