HARTLEPOOL youngsters got lessons on how to stay safe from abuse as a charity steps up a campaign to introduce ChildLine into every primary school in Teesside.
Children at Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, learnt how to understand abuse and where to get help thanks to the visit from NSPCC experts and volunteers as part of the ChildLine Schools Service.
The service is delivered by trained volunteers and provided for free to all primary schools across the UK, aiming to help children aged nine-11 to understand abuse.
Assemblies and workshops target Year 5 and 6 children and are aimed at giving them the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe from harm and sensitively tailored topics are covered in a way that allows children to understand. The visit also came as the charity continues its ambitious Now I Know campaign, which aims to put ChildLine in every primary school, designed to allow youngsters to act immediately if they fear abuse.
ChildLine is the UK’s only free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people and the NSPCC is aiming to raise £20m to fund the schools service across the UK.
The campaign also includes a service which will see the NSPCC visit schools one every two years to talk to youngsters about abuse and how to protect themselves.
Louise Willis-Keller, ChildLine Schools Service area coordinator for Teesside, said: “As part of the service, children are encouraged to talk to trusted adults about problems that may be troubling them.
“They should also be told about ChildLine and how to contact the helpline if they should ever need to.
“Simply by talking to children about abuse and how to stay safe, we can change the face of child protection.
“The ChildLine Schools Service is fundamentally focused on safeguarding children and we believe it will make a significant contribution to preventing child abuse.”
NSPCC research shows that, on average, at least two children in every UK primary school will have suffered some form of abuse or neglect.
The service has already visited 4,815 children across Teesside.
Primary schools who would like to be visited by ChildLine Schools Service should contact Louise Willis-Keeler on 07976986459.