a PIONEERING scheme aimed at helping to keep children safe from physical and emotional abuse has visited a South Tyneside school.
Volunteers from the NSPCC ChildLine schools service called into Hadrian Primary School to deliver their ‘Now I Know’ project.
The interactive session, which sees children asked their views on what they think constitutes as abuse, aims to ensure all pupils know where they can get help when they need it.
The campaign is part of a shift by the national children’s charity to deliver more preventative work around abuse, after research revealed at least two children in every primary classroom will have suffered some form of abuse of neglect.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “Protection after the event, vital as it is, can’t attack the root causes of the problem.
“By helping children understand and identify abuse in an age appropriate way, we can encourage them to speak out earlier and protect themselves and others from the devastating effects of abuse.
“We want children to be able to say Now I Know – and not ‘I wish I had known.’ We want everyone to play their part by looking out for children and reinforcing the messages about speaking up.”
During the special assembly, pupils from Years 5 and 6, were asked what they thought abuse was before asking if they knew who they could tell if they felt there were a victim.
It included bullying.
Christine Danby-Platt, the charity’s area co-ordinator for South Tyneside, said: “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 focused on safeguarding children and we believe it will make a significant contribution to preventing child abuse.”
The charity hopes to put ChildLine into every primary school in South Tyneside with visits every two years to deliver the Now I Know campaign.
On the back of the campaign, the NSPCC is aiming to raise £20m to fund the pioneering ChildLine Schools Service across the UK.
The money raised will go towards training volunteers to visit schools to help children understand abuse and give them confidence to talk about it and courage to find help. Every £12 raised will reach one children, £400 a classroom and £800 one school.
For more information, contact www.nowiknow.org.uk