NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service)
The ground-breaking NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service) uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse. We use an assembly or workshop to help under 11s understand abuse and recognise it if it occurs.
The sessions are tailored to the age range of those in the group, with topics covered in an easy to understand way, without being graphic.
Why this service is needed
Most children who contact ChildLine for information, help and support are over 11 years old. Sadly, in many cases abuse has been going on for some time. The NSPCC Schools Service wants to reach out to and empower these younger children.
Children who suffer abuse often don't recognise what is happening to them as wrong. We need to help them understand and recognise what is and isn’t normal behaviour and offer help if they need it.
Where a child indicates they’ve experienced abuse, any action taken is within the school’s child protection procedures. If these procedures are not considered adequate, the case can be escalated to a schools manager.
Who delivers the NSPCC Schools Service
An assembly and workshop will be delivered by NSPCC Schools Service staff and/or trained volunteers. This service is free to schools – it's funded by us as we feel it's a vital service in helping to keep all children safe. (If you would like to support us and ensure that the NSPCC Schools Service is there for generations to come, please make a donation.)
All staff and volunteers will be over 16 and have passed an enhanced criminal record check – either an AccessNI check for Northern Ireland, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check for Scotland, or an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced DBS; formerly CRB) check for England and Wales. The school will be given their names in advance.
What to expect on the day
Before the visit
Ahead of the visit, the school will provide information for pupils to share with parents. Pupils are free to opt out.
To enable all children to participate – including those with Special Educational Needs (SEN) – we'll talk to the school in advance about pupils' individual needs and act on the advice provided by the school.
During the assembly and workshop
School staff will be with the children throughout, so the staff will be familiar with the key messages, can work with the children afterwards and continue to talk about these messages.
After the visit
Following the session, feedback from teachers, pupils and parents is encouraged.
The NSPCC Schools Service will not routinely keep records about individual children. However, we will keep information such as the names of the staff we spoke to and the number of pupils involved.
If a child protection concern arises about a child, we will keep records relating to the child protection concern on an NSPCC database. If this happens, the school will let the parent(s) know.
Volunteer for NSPCC Schools Service
Help and information
Keeping children safe
Talking about difficult topics
Our services are helping turn lives around. Your gift can help rebuild lives, and prevent abuse from ruining any more.