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35,000 Derbyshire children educated on abuse and neglect

Thousands of youngsters in the county have been involved in workshops run by the NSPCC in order to prevent them falling victim to abuse, neglect and bullying.

The 'Speak out, stay safe' campaign teaches pupils to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or to Childline.

'Speak out Stay safe' is delivered by trained NSPCC staff and volunteers.

The Speak out Stay safe assembly helps children understand about different types of abuse so that they can get help if or when they need it. This includes talking about neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and bullying.

During the workshops, children in Years 5-6 (Primary 6-7) explore the definitions of abuse in greater depth. They take part in exercises, including looking at different scenarios and deciding whether they are OK or not OK.

Carol Wragg, a volunteer with the charity said: "It's to let children know that it's important to speak out or stay safe whatever they're worried about. We do a lot of work on different kinds of abuse, but it's whatever is worrying a child at the time.

"We talk about trusted adults they can speak to or maybe childline. It's really important for them to realise that's a good thing to do."

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