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NSPCC Needs Volunteers in Scarborough, Whitby & Filey

NSPCC Needs Volunteers in Scarborough, Whitby & Filey

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:06am 26th March 2012.

ChildLine has launched a service for primary age children in North Yorkshire, the ChildLine Schools Service, and is looking for volunteers in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey to get involved.

 

The NSPCC says all children have the right to be happy and safe, but many suffer abuse in silence, unable to speak out. The ChildLine Schools Service is aimed at primary age children, particularly focusing on seven to 11 year olds, and aims to help them understand what abuse is, including bullying, how to protect themselves and where to get help and support if needed.

 

The ChildLine Schools Service needs volunteers to deliver assemblies at local schools followed by an interactive workshop a week later.

 

The presentations and messages delivered at schools have been developed alongside children, parents, carers and teachers. They are sensitive, age appropriate and engaging. The Service is provided free of charge and focuses on primary school children, aged seven to 11 years old.  By 2016, the ChildLine Schools Service aims to visit every primary school in theUKat least every two years. 

Full volunteer training and support is provided by ChildLine, alongside the opportunity to make a real difference to local children as part of a committed team. Interviews will take place in April and training will start for successful applicants in May.

For more information about volunteering for the ChildLine Schools Service, please join us at one of our informal presentations, including refreshments, atWhitbyorScarborough:

  • Whitby - Monday 26 March 2012 from 12 noon-1pm

Green Lane Centre,Green Lane,WhitbyYO22 4EH

  • Scarborough - Tuesday 27 March 2012 - 11.30am-12.30pm

ScarboroughLibrary,Vernon Road,Scarborough,YO11 2NN 

 

Or please contact Tracey Myers, ChildLine Schools Service Area Co-ordinator for North Yorkshire, on 07792 654739, email  tracey.myers@nspcc.org.uk

 

To find out more about the new ChildLine Schools Service and volunteering opportunities please visit www.nspcc.org.uk/schoolsservice

Or view the latest recruitment video at

www.nspcc.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-your-time/help-in-schools/schools-service-volunteer_wda85310.html

 

Tracey Myers, ChildLine Area Co-ordinator forNorth Yorkshire, said: “Research undertaken by the NSPCC shows that the majority of children who contact ChildLine for advice, information and support are over 11 years old.  However we know that the majority of children who are subject to a child protection plan are under the age of 11. 

 

“These younger children are not connected so much with the outside world. In fact, their world is quite small. So if abuse is happening to them at that age, then it’s very difficult for children to speak up.  That’s why we want to educate children earlier and ensure they know how to keep themselves safe or seek help if they need it.”

 

In keeping with ChildLine’s long history of volunteering, the schools service will be led by volunteers.  They will be trained to deliver safeguarding assemblies and interactive workshops.  All materials will be provided and volunteers will be given regular training and support. 

 

Tracey Myers continued: “What’s key about our Schools Service is that we need a great team of volunteers.  It is very much about mobilising the community and to make child protection everyone’s responsibility. I want to really encourage people in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey to come to the informal events in 26 or 27 March to find out how they can help.”

 

First piloted in 2010, there are two phases to the new service.  The first is a school assembly that provides definitions of abuse, places to go for help and an introduction to ChildLine.  The second phase takes place one to two weeks later and is an interactive classroom-based workshop where the messages are reinforced.

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