500 primary school children take part in Schools Service Big Assembly

University of Kent plays host to our third Big Assembly, adding to our total of more than 40,000 children reached in London and South East this year

Around 500 primary school children from Kent converged on the University of Kent at Canterbury this week to take part in an NSPCC Schools Service Big Assembly – the only one to be held in the county.

Our Schools Service helps children aged 9 to 11 understand and recognise abuse in all its forms, including bullying, neglect, and domestic violence.

Volunteers deliver age appropriate interactive assemblies and workshops to help children understand that abuse is never their fault, and show them where to turn to for help.


The Schools Service usually goes into schools, but to try and reach more children, the Big Assembly is designed to bring a cluster of schools together in one venue to deliver the safeguarding messages on a much larger scale.

Jaime Smith, NSPCC Schools Service manager for the south east, said:
"This is the only Big Assembly that we'll hold in the county. We've held three already in the capital and all these events have been an unqualified success so we're really excited to have brought this event to Kent.

"The NSPCC Schools Service has been going into schools since 2013 and educating children about abuse and how to stay safe, however, given the number and size of schools in Kent we know we need to do more to reach every single child in order to protect an entire generation. So far the service has visited over 180 schools in Kent and spoken to almost 14,000 children.

"Whilst a key part of our service focusses on delivering in schools, NSPCC Schools Service Big Assemblies enable us to reach more children.

"The event also brought together 15 volunteers who helped to deliver the assembly and workshops as well as escort the children around the venue. I'd like to say thanks to everyone involved for making the day run so smoothly."

Our Schools Service is supported through our growing population of nearly 1,000 committed volunteers and 55 area co-ordinators working locally in communities.

Together they have helped us reach more than 1 million children across the UK since the service began. This year we have already reached 199,939 children in more than 2,000 schools.