Pupils dance to the tune of charity as they help abuse message reach more children

Pupils at a Leigh-on-Sea school danced their way to raising more than £1,300 for a charity that taught them about abuse.

The NSPCC delivered their Speak Out Stay Safe service to children at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, empowering children to recognise and report abuse and neglect.

The age-appropriate and accessible programme uses a speech bubble mascot named Buddy to encourage children to talk about any worries they may have with a trusted adult or to Childline.

The scheme, which relies on volunteers, reached more than 52,000 children as young as four at 2017 primary schools in Essex in the last academic year.

Following the assemblies at Our Lady of Lourdes pupils took part in a danceathon to help the child protection charity reach even more children with their safeguarding message.

Their moves raised £1,333, enough to cover the cost for the NSPCC Speak out Stay Safe programme to visit two primary schools and speak to every child.

Headteacher, Mrs Nutman, said: “We are delighted that the NSPCC workshops and assemblies in school have provided our pupils with high quality information and I have had parental feedback about how this clear message has made a real difference to their children.

“We have also enjoyed dancing to raise money for the NSPCC, all the activities have been fun, informative and helpful for us and hopefully others.”

Kiren Chima, NSPCC Schools Organiser for Essex, said: “It’s fantastic when a school is so supportive not only of the vital messages we deliver but in helping us deliver those to more schools.

“To hear the pupils take the information on board is heartening and its really rewarding for volunteers to know that their work could change a child’s life.

“We are currently looking for more people to deliver the assemblies in Southend and Thurrock so please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.”

For more information about volunteering for the NSPCC email [email protected].

Schools can request a visit via the NSPCC Learning website at nspcc.org.uk/speakout

Mick Ferris

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