NSPCC helps more than 12,000 primary school pupils in Dudley stay safe from abuse

The NSPCC helped more than 12,000 Dudley primary school pupils in the last year to understand how to recognise and report abuse, new figures reveal.

It comes as primary schools yet to receive a visit from the charity’s free ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme are being urged to sign-up as soon as possible.

In the 2018/19 academic year, the NSPCC visited 31 schools in Dudley, and delivered assemblies and workshops to 12,117 children, in an accessible and age appropriate way.

87% of primary schools in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have welcomed the NSPCC’s free programme, but the charity wants the 3,500 schools nationwide that are yet to receive the programme to get in touch with them. In the average primary school class, at least two children have suffered abuse or neglect, making it vitally important that all primary schools help to equip their children with the knowledge and skills to speak up if something is wrong.

The ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ assemblies and workshops will also help to reinforce key lessons about abuse and neglect that will be compulsory for all primary schools in 2020, as part of the Relationships Education curriculum.

This will require all schools to ensure that children know how to report concerns or abuse and have the vocabulary and confidence to do this by the time they go to secondary school. Mum, Caroline’s seven year old son was sexually abused by a 13 year old friend of the family when staying at his dad’s house. She said:

“If it hadn’t been for the Speak out. Stay safe. assembly, I honestly think the abuse would still be happening. The Schools Service needs to keep happening so that children understand what is right and wrong.

“It gave my son the words to articulate what had happened to him and to be able to say it was not ok.”

Nick Hanslip, NSPCC Schools Service Manager in the West Midlands, added:

“It can be difficult for teachers and parents to know how to tackle this sensitive but incredibly important subject. Through our Speak out. Stay safe. programme we talk to children about the different types of abuse and let them know there are people out there who can help them.

“This new school term we want to encourage any schools that have not received a visit from us to sign up, so that we can empower as many children as possible to recognise and report any worries they have.”

‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ is delivered by NSPCC staff and trained volunteers to pupils aged between five and 11 years old, with a tailored programme of workshops available for Special Schools.

A friendly NSPCC mascot, Buddy, helps children to understand they can speak to a trusted adult or contact Childline if they’re worried for themselves or a friend. Schools can request an NSPCC school visit via the NSPCC Learning website at nspcc.org.uk/speakout.

The NSPCC Schools Service relies on volunteers to help deliver ‘Speak out. Stay Safe’ at schools across Dudley. If you are interested, please contact NSPCC Schools Service Regional Co-ordinator, Anna Eeles, on 0121 2277648 or anna.eeles@nspcc.org.uk.


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