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Surrey schools urged to sign up to take part in NSPCC campaign

Surrey schools urged to sign up to take part in NSPCC campaign

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 17th September 2019.

Primary schools in Surrey are being urged to take part in an NSPCC campaign to teach youngsters how to spot if they're being abused.

Last year the charity visited schools 108 in Surrey and delivered workshops to over 25,000 children, helping them understand how to recognise and report abuse in an "accessible and age appropriate way".

It's claimed that in the average primary school class "at least 2 children have suffered abuse or neglect".

They added it made it "vitally important that all primary schools help to equip their children with the knowledge and skills to speak up if something is wrong".

Karen Squillino from the NSPCC said:

“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 tailored workshops available for Special Schools.

A NSPCC mascot Buddy is used to help children to understand they can speak to a trusted adult or contact Childline if they’re worried for themselves or a friend.

Local schools can find out more online.

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