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Join the NSPCC Schools Service as a volunteer and help us protect a generation of children.

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Play a vital role in protecting a generation of children, by helping them understand abuse and giving them the confidence to speak out if they need help.

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2 volunteers delivering a Speak Out Stay Safe assembly to a group of primary school childrenVolunteer to visit local schools twice a month and give our age-appropriate Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops to primary school pupils.

You’ll work alongside other volunteers to make sure at the end of each session the children feel empowered and know who they can speak out to if they are worried.

Volunteer today and join our fight for every childhood

''I help to deliver assemblies and workshops and thoroughly enjoy it. It’s great and very satisfying to know that we're getting the message across to children that they don’t have to deal with anything on their own.''

Bernie Riley, Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer

How you'll help children

2 children in the average primary school class have suffered abuse or neglect. That's why we aim to reach every primary school in the UK. But we need your help.

As one of our trained Speak Out Stay Safe volunteers you'll play a vital role in protecting a generation of children, by helping them understand abuse and giving them the confidence to speak out if they need help.

What you'll get out of it

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As a Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • learn valuable new skills
  • be part of a friendly team of like-minded people
  • most importantly, make a huge difference to children within your local area.

Key details

Role title

Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer

Activity type

Volunteering with children  in schools with children aged 4-11

Location

Available nationwide

Commitment

Minimum of two school visits a month (plus initial training)

Minimum commitment 12 months

Availability

Weekdays, during school hours (plus any necessary travel time which falls outside of school hours)

 

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Not right for you?

There are so many ways to get involved and help children, and we’d love to have you on our team.

Whether you can spare an hour or two, or want to get involved more often, whatever time you can give is invaluable.

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Training and support

Quote: the support you get is great

When you volunteer with us we'll be here to support you throughout. You’ll get lots of initial training which includes practice sessions, homestudy and multiple visits to schools to help you learn assembly and workshop materials.

When you start delivering the sessions, support will be on offer from both your supervisor and other experienced volunteers.

Who's right for the role?

While we think the Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer role is suitable for a whole range of people, we are particularly looking for those with the following qualities and experience:

  • passionate about helping young people and children
  • great communication skills
  • empathetic and perceptive
  • sensitive and supportive
  • able to think on your feet
  • works well within a team
  • basic IT and email skills.

Signing up to be a Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer is very rewarding but it’s also a big commitment, which requires a lot of training and you will need to deliver a minimum of two school visits every month.

We’ll also need to do some routine safeguarding checks. It’s nothing to worry about, and we can answer any questions you have about this.

Not right for you?

There are so many ways to get involved and help children, and we’d love to have you on our team.

Whether you can spare an hour or two, or want to get involved more often, whatever time you can give is invaluable.

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Still have questions?

Speak to our team for more information on our volunteer roles.

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Call: 0121 227 7577

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Email: volunteerrecruitment@nspcc.org.uk

How our Speak out Stay safe service helps

Before the pandemic our volunteers visited primary schools to deliver Speak out Stay safe assemblies and workshops that helped children understand they have a right to feel safe, that abuse is never their fault and that they can speak to a trusted adult or Childline if they ever need help or support.

Thanks to the hard work of over 900 volunteers and staff members – by February 2020 we’d reached over 90% of primary schools in the UK. Our Speak out Stay safe programme was a finalist in the 'Safeguarding Award' category for the Children and Young People Now Awards 2020.1

"My daughter came home empowered and enlightened because of your assembly and your powerful message. She was singing the Childline number all evening and talking about Buddy. Thank you for taking your important message to the children. It is truly amazing and effective work that you do."
Parent

In the average primary school class at least 2 children have suffered abuse or neglect2.

Abuse can derail a child’s development.  But it’s never too late to help a child. Child abuse and its effects are preventable. We can work together to stop abuse happening and support children who have been abused. 

That’s why we've visited primary schools across the UK and Channel Islands to give children the knowledge and confidence to speak out if they’re worried by something. Our specially trained staff and volunteers deliver interactive assemblies and workshops to help kids remember important safety messages, learning about abuse and where they can get support in an accessible and age-appropriate way.

By February 2020, the NSPCC Schools Service had reached over 90% of primary schools in the UK.

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During the pandemic, our staff and volunteers weren’t able to visit schools to deliver our assemblies or workshops. But more than ever, children needed to know what to do and who to speak to if something worried or upset them.

So, we worked with David Walliams, Ant and Dec to film our Speak out Stay safe assembly – so children and families could join in from home. This was seen by hundreds of thousands of children and won “Influencer / Celebrity Campaign of the Year” from the UK Content Awards 2020. To help children remember what they learnt, we came up with fun activities for parents to try with their kids at home.

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We also created an online assembly for schools to use, with a hub of helpful resources - from videos to information packs - for teachers to use to continue conversations with their classes about safeguarding. 

It’s important that every child understands they have the right to stay safe. We developed versions of our resources in Welsh, in British Sign Language (BSL) for d/Deaf children and for children with special educational or additional support needs and disability (SEND). 

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By February 2020, before the pandemic, we had reached 90 per cent of primary schools across the UK and Channel Islands, reaching millions of children.

An initial evaluation found that after receiving the Speak out Stay safe service children said: 

  • they knew more about bullying, abuse and neglect
  • they were able to recognise some types of abuse that can happen to children
  • they felt confident and empowered to recognise and respond to abuse, neglect and bullying
  • they learnt more about who their trusted adults are; what Childline is; and the importance of speaking out if something is wrong.3

Some children spoke about abuse or neglect for the first time during or following one of our sessions and we and their school staff were there to give them a supportive response. 

"The NSPCC came into my school today. It was really good to hear about Childline and to know that I can talk to you about anything. I have been getting bullied at school so I have been feeling quite sad. Knowing that Childline is always here for children really helps."
Boy, age 11

We are continuing to evaluate Speak out Stay safe to understand the impact it has for children and to improve how the programme is deliveredThe findings from our evaluation will be available later in 2021. 

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Our new online resources empower schools to deliver the assemblies themselves and help students recall key safety messages about abuse and neglect through engaging classroom activities. Linking directly to their curriculum, this online course is an effective way of supporting schools’ safeguarding duties and help us keep children safely. 

Now we’re looking into developing a service for secondary schools so we can reach older children and young people, and help them understand they have a right to feel safe.  We're currently developing content for this new programme and we plan to launch a pilot in Spring 2022.

"It's important that you know about it, even if you don’t need it in your lifetime, if you pass it on to your children and they just keep passing it on. At least then they'll be aware […] and they know there is someone to turn to."
Child, year 6

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Hear from parents, children and school staff about our assemblies

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"it’s a good way of learning, like, if you’ve been bullied before – you can say ‘stop you’re bullying me’. So you know what they’re doing to you ‘cause you might not know."
Child in year 3

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"The children really respond to Buddy and the messaging about abuse is simple, age appropriate and very effective. This is such an important and crucially free resource for schools."
Headteacher

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"[The children] have a better toolkit to deal with situations that they are possibly unhappy with than they did at the start, without a shadow of doubt."
Year 6 teacher

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"You visited our school last term and it was really fun. I liked Buddy and still remember the number you taught us. It's nice knowing that Childline is always here for me if I ever need them."
Girl, age 11


References

  1. 1.In 2019/20, we had over 900 volunteers delivering Speak Out Stay Safe in primary schools.

  2. 2. Radford, L. et al. (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today. London: NSPCC.