Sheffield volunteers wanted to keep children safe

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CHILDLINE is recruiting 15 volunteers to help visit primary schools across Sheffield to help young children understand how to stay safe.

The charity, which runs a telephone helpline service for children, is planning to visit every primary school in the UK by 2016, including 136 in Sheffield.

Using assemblies and workshops, the charity volunteers will help children to recognise situations where they may need help and to tell them ways of accessing support.

They will be encouraged to talk to trusted adults about problems troubling them, and will also be told about the ChildLine helpline.

Delivered by volunteers, the ChildLine Schools Service programme will help youngsters understand how to keep themselves safe and where to get help. William Shaw, ChildLine Schools Services Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, 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.

“Volunteers are key to the delivery of this exciting new service so it is vital that local people come forward to help us achieve the aim of protecting future generations.”

Across the UK, ChildLine needs to recruit a national army of 4,000 volunteers to reach the 23,420 schools and over 1.8 million children.

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

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

ChildLine’s 24-hour telephone helpline can be contacted on 0800 11 11.

Do you think enough is done to help children to stay safe? Email: letters@thestar.co.uk