Bid to tackle child abuse

Childline have launched a new scheme to raise awareness of child abuse and (below) Coun Sarah Riding.
Childline have launched a new scheme to raise awareness of child abuse and (below) Coun Sarah Riding.
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A NEW scheme has been launched to raise awareness of child abuse among young Fylde coast pupils.

ChildLine has announced plans to visit more than 12,200 pupils across 124 primary schools in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde within three years.

Coun Sarah Riding

Coun Sarah Riding

But for the scheme to work, the charity is asking for 12 volunteers to come forward to run workshops and assemblies in schools.

NSPCC research shows that an average of two children in every primary school classroom has suffered from abuse or neglect.

In Blackpool, an Ofsted report published this year branded Blackpool’s child protection services “inadequate”.

Government inspectors found children had been let down by a series of failings in the system designed to protect them from harm.

Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for children’s services for Blackpool Council, said she welcomed the new project by ChildLine.

She said: “Making sure children are safe and protected is an absolute priority. Child abuse is a terrible thing.

“Our schools and social services already work very closely with each other to identify any children who may be at risk and work to protect them. Any extra work from Childline to help make school pupils aware of the other support available to them however is to be welcomed to make sure the main priority of protecting children is upkept.”

Chris Dunn, ChildLine schools service area coordinator for Blackpool, said: “This is a real opportunity to change the face of child protection in the UK.

“The ChildLine Schools Service is fundamentally focused on safeguarding young people and we believe it will make a significant contribution to preventing child abuse.”

To find out more about volunteering for the Childline Schools Service visit www.nspcc.org.uk/schoolsservice or email schoolsservice@nspcc.org.uk

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