Have your got what it takes?

ChildLine is asking volunteers across Eilean Siar to go back to the classroom to help deliver the new ChildLine Schools Service.

The children’s charity has launched a brand new service for primary age children and needs volunteers to deliver group presentations and workshops in schools across the region.

The ChildLine Schools Service is aimed at primary age children, particularly focusing on seven to 11 year olds, and aims to help them understand what abuse is, how to protect themselves and how to seek help if they need it – including through ChildLine.

Working in partnership with the local authority, the service will be delivered to primary six and seven pupils.

Janine Bonner, area coordinator for the Schools Service in Eilean Siar, said: “Volunteers are vital to the success of this new ChildLine service. This is a great opportunity for people to do something to help protect and educate children.

“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 fail to recognise their experience as abusive and often do not know where they can go for help.

“We believe that teaching children about how to recognise abuse and where to get help will be easiest in a school setting and we need members of the local community to help us do so.”

To apply for a volunteer position with the ChildLine Schools Service, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/schoolsservice.