Footballer Lucy Bronze kicks off new term with Schools Service visit

North East football star Lucy Bronze delivered a special assembly in Alnwick

Lucy Bronze with pupils at the NSPCC Schools ServiceOriginally from Berwick and a past pupil of Duchess High School, the England and Manchester City footballer has become an Ambassador for the our  NSPCC Schools Service and took time out of her busy training schedule to pay a visit to the Duke’s Middle School to see the service in action.

Specially trained volunteers deliver assemblies and classroom workshops to primary school aged children, helping them to understand abuse and giving them the confidence and courage to speak out and seek help if they ever need it.


"I want to help do something to inspire children and young people off the pitch too. The NSPCC's Schools Service encourages children to speak up if they have worries or concerns, and I want to help spread this important message."
Lucy Bronze / NSPCC Schools Service Ambassador

In Northumberland, assemblies and workshops have already been delivered in 74 schools (of these eight have received the service twice). In total 6,894 children have been reached through the service.

Lucy said:
"I'm really proud to be an ambassador for the NSPCC Schools Service. As a footballer I hoped my role in the World Cup would inspire the next generation to get involved in football but I want to help do something to inspire children and young people off the pitch too. The NSPCC's Schools Service encourages children to speak up if they have worries or concerns, and I want to help spread this important message."

The Schools Service was set up in response to the fact that most children who contact our ChildLine service about abuse are over 11 years old, though in many cases the abuse they are experiencing has been going on for some time. The aim of the service is to reach out and empower these younger children to seek the help they may need.

Joan McSloy, NSPCC Schools Service area coordinator for North of Tyne and Gateshead, said:
"The NSPCC Schools Service, using age appropriate and child friendly materials, ensures children have a better understanding of abuse in all its forms. It educates children on the importance of speaking out and seeking help from trusted adults. By educating children in this way, we really believe that we can protect a generation of children - one primary school at a time.

"We're delighted to welcome Lucy to this assembly and we're really pleased she's agreed to be an ambassador to help us raise the profile of the Schools Service across the North East."

Anne Puddephatt, Head of Duke's Middle School, said: "The assembly today is a valued addition to the school's safeguarding programme, delivering important information in a sensitive and helpful way to pupils."

The Schools Service is free to all schools and focuses on primary school children, aged nine to 11 years old. The presentations and messages delivered at schools have been developed by child protection specialists and alongside children, parents, carers and teachers. They are sensitive, age appropriate and engaging.

Julie Tough, aunt of Lucy Bronze, who has been a ChildLine Schools Service volunteer for three years, added:
"Research tells us that child abuse can remain hidden for many years with children suffering in silence and other children continuing to be at risk from perpetrators.

"Many children don't recognise their experience as abuse and often do not know where they can go for help. Sensitively teaching children about how to recognise abuse and where to get help is vitally important and that's what the NSPCC Schools Service does."

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