Children’s charity the NSPCC is holding ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ assemblies at more than 20,000 schools across the country. The aim of the programme is to empower primary school children to recognise and speak out against abuse.

The assemblies have been delivered by staff and volunteers trained in child protection, development and rights since 2011 to those as young as four. Each assembly is followed up with an hour’s workshop for the older children.

Peter Wanless, chief executive for the NSPCC, has stated, “Children who suffer abuse often don't recognise what is happening to them is wrong. In many cases abuse has been going on for some time before they find the courage to speak out.

“Specially trained NSPCC staff and volunteers help children to understand what is and isn't normal behaviour, how to keep themselves safe, and ensure they identify someone to speak to if they are worried about anything.”

David Cameron has also shown his support by visiting one of the assemblies and has said they are the first government to set up the Ministerial Child Protection Taskforce to overhaul the way our public services teams work on tackling this kind of abuse.

To find out more visit: www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout

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