A former police officer from Woodford Halse has helped set up a national scheme to help protect children.
Fiona Hill is to be the area co-ordinator for the NSPCC new ChildLine Schools Service, which is to launch in Northamptonshire next month. She is now calling for volunteers to come forward and teach primary-aged children how to keep safe from abuse,
Mrs Hill said: “We can’t deliver this vital service without the commitment of volunteers and I am looking for 35 local people to join me to get our important child protection messages out to children in Northamptonshire.
“Going into a school and seeing children enjoy the assembly and workshop, really absorbing the information we give them, is incredibly rewarding. You really are making a difference for children. If they are worried about something that’s happening to them, they need to know what’s okay and what isn’t, and where to go for help.
“That’s exactly what we help them understand.
“You don’t need to have lots of experience of working with children to be a ChildLine Schools Service volunteer. Volunteers will be fully trained and receive ongoing support to build on and develop their skills. What’s really important is that volunteers are passionate about keeping children safe and well.”
The programme uses assemblies and workshops to encourage children to recognise situations where they may need help and highlight ways they can support.
Before joining the NSPCC, Fiona worked for a national family support charity in learning and development. She also worked for the police, which she joined in 1990.
She said she grew up in a big family, as her own parents fostered for many years. This experience fuelled her passion to work in child protection. She added: “I saw my role as area coordinator as a fantastic opportunity to help achieve something phenomenal for children. The NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service is all about preventing abuse and pioneering new ways to help keep children safe and I’m extremely proud to be part of it.”
To find out more about the volunteering role and to apply, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/schoolservice.