A national children’s charity is launching a new advice service in Northamptonshire in a bid to help steer youngsters clear of abuse and neglect.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launching its ChildLine Schools Service in the county from September.
The volunteer-led programme uses assemblies and workshops to help children recognise situations where they may need help and to highlight ways they can get support.
Former police officer Fiona Hill, from Woodford Halse, South Northamptonshire, is the area co-ordinator for rolling-out the service.
She said: “We can’t deliver this vital service without the commitment of volunteers and I am looking for 35 local people to join me to get our important child protection messages out to children in Northamptonshire.
“Going into a school and seeing children enjoy the assembly and workshop, really absorbing the information we give them, is incredibly rewarding. You really are making a difference for children.”
Ms Hill said the volunteers do not need to have extensive experience of working with children, as they will be fully trained and will receive ongoing support to build their skills.
“What’s really important is that volunteers are passionate about keeping children safe and well,” she added.
The sessions will be tailored to ensure topics are covered in a way youngsters can understand, NSPCC says, and have been approved as suitable for nine to 11-year-olds.
Since the service began it has reached 551,346 children across the UK and visited 8,243 schools.
To find out more about the volunteering role and to apply, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/schoolservice.