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School children as young as four-years-old learn about risk of abuse

PUBLISHED: 12:43 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:43 20 July 2016

Children in Bexley are being taught about abuse

Children in Bexley are being taught about abuse

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The NSPCC is calling for more volunteers

A programme that helps warn youngsters about the risk of abuse is calling for local volunteers.

The NSPCC’s Speak Out. Stay Safe programme has reached more than 3,800 children across Bexley.

The programme launched in 2011 after research showed the majority of children who contact ChildLine are over 11 years of age. Many said that the abuse had begun years before they picked up the phone. The aim is to reach children potentially before abuse starts.

Specially trained volunteers speak to the pupils along with the help of the safeguarding mascot Buddy.

It provides child-friendly, interactive assemblies for children aged as young as four plus a one hour classroom workshop for children aged between nine and eleven.

After reaching nearly 4,000 children in the borough, the children’s charity is calling for more volunteers to help educate more youngsters.

The service also teaches how children protect themselves from abuse and where they can get help.

A Speak Out. Stay Safe programme volunteer would need to be available to make two school visits a month, take part in an e-learning training module and attend a two-day training workshop.

Ria Charlton, who runs the programme in Bexley, said: “The programme relies on dedicated volunteers to deliver the assemblies and workshops and we’re always on the lookout for people who can help.

“If you believe in the empowerment and protection of all children and have the confidence to speak in front of a group of primary school children, this is your chance to equip children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.”

To apply visit join-us.nspcc.org.uk/volunteers/

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