Volunteer to help ChildLine

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CHILDLINE has announced plans to visit every North East primary school by 2016, to help pupils understand abuse and how they can stay safe.

Using assemblies and workshops, the ChildLine Schools Service is designed to encourage children to recognise situations where they may need help, and to let them know where they can get support if they need it.

Delivered by volunteers, it aims to give children the knowledge they need, in clear, reassuring and age-appropriate language.

Sessions are tailored to ensure topics are covered in a way children can understand, and have been deemed suitable for nine to 11-year-olds by child protection specialists.

In the North East, the service needs to recruit 135 volunteers to reach 225,699 children in 916 primary schools in three years.

ChildLine president Esther Rantzen said: “It is important that children are encouraged to ask for help if in distress, and that they know ChildLine is there to support them.

“As a result of our work so far, we have already found that some young children have been able for the first time to disclose abuse and have been protected from it.”

For information about volunteering in Sunderland and Durham, call Christine Danby-Platt on 0781 208 7985, or email cdanbyplatt@nspcc.org.uk.