The NSPCC Schools Service visited GANF recently to talk to pupils about bullying and to educate them on how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse.
The NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service) uses specially trained volunteers to talk to school children about abuse. They help under 11s understand abuse and recognise it if it occurs.
The sessions are tailored to the age range of those in the group, with topics covered in an easy to understand way, without being graphic.
Why is this service needed?
Most children who contact ChildLine for information, help and support are over 11 years old. Sadly, in many cases abuse has been going on for some time. The NSPCC Schools Service wants to reach out to and empower these younger children.
Children who suffer abuse often don't recognise what is happening to them as wrong. We need to help them understand and recognise what is and isn’t normal behaviour and offer help if they need it.
The NSPCC volunteers held a special assembly at Ambergate and in a sensitive, calm and friendly way, helped the children to understand different forms of abuse. There was a questions and answers session and pupils were told how to get help and how to contact Childline. A seperate workshop was then held in Ascot Class.
The Assembly took place on 5th May and then the follow up workshop took place on 11th May, as a special thankyou, FOSA kindly made a donation to NSPCC.
Pictured below are GANF pupils, Jade Dowsett and Lucas Wilson, FOSA Chairperson Katie Bennington & representatives from NSPCC.