Volunteer to help protect children

NSPCC staff Louise Willis-Keeler (left) and Claire Armstrong
NSPCC staff Louise Willis-Keeler (left) and Claire Armstrong

A CHARITY needs to recruit at least seven new volunteers as it continues its efforts to support every primary school pupil in Hartlepool and help them understand abuse.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (NSPCC) ChildLine Schools Service was launched to give primary school pupils the knowledge to keep themselves safe.

Using a series of assemblies and interactive workshops, trained volunteers will visit every primary school in the town helping youngsters to recognise situations where they may need help and show them ways of getting support.

The campaign has already visited 5,895 children in 72 schools across Teesside since it was launched last year.

But ChildLine currently has just one volunteer in Hartlepool and the NSPCC is now urging people to support the campaign and sign up.

As a ChildLine Schools Service volunteer, people will spend up to half a day every week helping to support the new programme which aims to prevent abuse before it starts.

Louise Willis-Keeler, ChildLine Schools Service coordinator for Teesside, said: “This is a real opportunity to change the face of child protection in the UK.”

Volunteers must be 16 or over and will be provided with all the training and support required for the role.

They will need to be available for part of the day during usual school hours and must be able to commit to ChildLine for the equivalent of one academic year.

For more information and to apply visit www.nspcc.org.uk/childlinevolunteer.