Wrexham youngsters taught how to keep safe

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

CHILDREN from three Wrexham primary schools attended a ChildLine Day at The Racecourse to learn how to keep themselves safe.

Pupils from Victoria, Cefn Mawr and Ysgol Bodhyfryd also heard how ChildLine – a service provided by the NSPCC – can offer support by phone and online.

The day saw about 90 children from years five and six take part in a series of workshops to learn about issues and problems that ChildLine regularly counsels children about.

The workshops were delivered by trained ChildLine staff and volunteers and explored issues including bullying, neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

The interactive sessions encouraged the children to think about how they might recognise problems, find ways to talk about them and learn how to get help if they need it.

Lee Mitchell, head of ChildLine’s schools service, said: "This is the first time ChildLine has reached out to this number of children in this way in Wrexham.

“The day gave children a safe environment to think about concerns that might affect them or their peers.

“We want to encourage children to speak out about their worries and we hope talking to them openly about issues such as bullying and abuse will make them more aware of how to protect themselves.

“We devised the day based on problems children contact ChildLine about. “The pupils used the ChildLine website, DVDs and discussions to help them think about these often difficult and sensitive subjects.”

He added: "The most important message of the day was that children can tell someone about their worries.

“We want children to know how and where to get help if they need it and if they don't have anyone else to turn to, ChildLine is there 24-hours a day on the phone or online."

Children can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk.

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