YOUNGSTERS will benefit from a new service aiming to protect their generation from abuse.
The NSPCC’s childline school service will see trained volunteers visit every primary school in Wearside to talk to children about abuse, how to protect themselves and where they can get help.
Sue Schofield, the service’s manager for the North East, said: “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 devastating effects.”
The service is free to schools and is delivered by a team of 37 volunteers. It has already visited 55 Sunderland schools, talking to 4,314 pupils.
Phil Meek and Jane Lertas-Robinson, both workers for Sunderland housing provider Gentoo, are two of the volunteers, and they gave an assembly at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Thornholme Road, Sunderland.
Operations manager Phil said: “It’s really important, rewarding work, and we need to get the message across to children about being happy and safe.”