Child charity to launch new protection scheme in area

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A child protection charity is calling for volunteers in Tadcaster in a bid to protect future generations from abuse.

ChildLine Schools Service is aiming to launch a programme to help younger children understand how they can stay safe.

William Shaw, ChildLine Schools Service Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The ChildLine Schools Service is fundamentally focused on safeguarding young people and we believe it will make a significant contribution to preventing child abuse.”

He explained that through volunteers ChildLine Schools Service sessions are tailored to ensure topics are covered in a way that children can understand and have been approved suitable for nine to 11-year-olds by child protection specialists.

Across Tadcaster the service needs to recruit over six volunteers to reach more than 46 schools in the area.

Mr Shaw added: “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.”

Volunteer Mary Harland said: “I think it’s very well thought through and gives all the key messages at a level the children can understand and think about.

“I’m always very nervous beforehand, however, I get a real buzz once I’ve done it and you can tell the children are engaged and thinking about the issues raised.”

Closing date for volunteers is October 16. Contact details below or at www.nspcc.org.uk/schoolsservice or email schoolsservice@nspcc.org.uk