CHILDREN in Haresfield have been learning how to keep safe from abuse.

It’s all part of a programme by the NSPCC to raise awareness of abuse issues.

The NSPCC charity recently launched its Speak Out Stay Safe programme for up to 8,000 primary schools, and last week, children at Haresfield primary school learnt, via a visit from the charity, about about physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as neglect and bullying.

The programme, with the use of campaign mascot, Buddy, teaches children in assembly about how to recognise types of abuse and what they are, with volunteers and staff helping the children identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they have worries about themselves or a friend.

The assemblies at Haresfield primary school have been very successful.

Seb, aged 5, said: “I really enjoyed meeting Buddy and learning the ChildLine number.”

Fliss, aged 10 said: “I learned about all the different kinds of abuse and I’d tell a friend to tell a trusted adult or to call ChildLine if they were worried about anything.”

NSPCC research shows one in 20 children have been sexually abused, and it can be a difficult subject for adults to broach with children, so these assemblies help teachers to continue those conversations with their students and empower children to talk and be safe.

The headteacher at Haresfield Primary School said: “The NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops are an excellent resource that supports our work in school.”

“Enabling children to understand how to keep themselves safe is one of our key jobs as educators and having a fun and interactive session helps to get the message across at the children’s level.

NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer Wendy Page said: “It never ceases to amaze me how engaged the children are and it’s so rewarding to know that we have empowered them to know that’s it ok to speak out if they have a worry or concern.”

If you’d like to find out more how you can volunteer with the NSPCC’s Schools Service or fundraise for the charity please contact 02920 108133 or