insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 14 - April 2016 - Page 83

CHARITY SPEAK OUT STAY SAFE WITH nspcc Over 40,000 children across the South East of England have learnt to stay safe from abuse thanks to leading children’s charity, the NSPCC. They have been learning about abuse in all its forms, how to stay safe, and who to go to for help should they ever need it. With help from Buddy the ChildLine mascot making visits to local schools, the Speak Out, Stay Safe campaign delivers essential safeguarding messages in a lively, interactive and memorable way. By the end of Buddy’s visit, children have had fun, feel empowered, and can speak out and stay safe. Sarah Walker, area coordinator for the programme in Kent and Medway, explained: “We know that at least two children in every primary school classroom will have experienced some form of abuse or neglect – a truly shocking statistic.” Amanda Rocca, area coordinator for the programme in Sussex, added: “But just imagine if we could give these children the knowledge to prevent, the confidence to speak about, and the courage to seek help if they need it. By visiting every school every two years we could prevent children from experiencing abuse, one generation at a time.” The service launched in 2011 after research showed that the majority of children who cont X