Charity is working to protect city’s children from sexual abuse during lockdown



From organising freshly cooked meals for vulnerable children to giving advice on internet safely, the NSPCC has been working to protect Stoke-on-Trent children throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity’s staff have been working on a Together for Childhood sexual abuse prevention project in Chell, Chell Heath and Fegg Hayes throughout lockdown.

They’ve produced a monthly newsletter about online safety and apps that children might use, which has been delivered with emergency food parcels.

The team at Carole House, the NSPCC’s Stoke-on-Trent centre, have also sent out fact sheets with advice on talking to children about coronavirus, activities to manage stress for parents and children and also drawing and writing activities to help keep youngsters entertained.

Jennie Hammond, NSPCC development and impact manager in Stoke-on-Trent, said: “Together for Childhood is a great example of people from across communities working together – and that approach has been needed more than ever during the Coronavirus crisis.

“All groups and organisations involved in the partnership have done a fantastic job during this pandemic to help children and families in Fegg Hayes, Chell and Chell Heath, whilst continuing to spread vital messages in the community about preventing child sexual abuse.

“The NSPCC as a whole has adapted how it works to suit the needs of children during this worrying time, and we would like to thank those who have donated to the We’re Still Here For Children emergency appeal.”

More than 1,500 freshly cooked meals were donated by JCB, through its partnership with the NSPCC, and delivered by community group volunteers involved with Together for Childhood.

During lockdown the finishing touches have been made to an online safety programme for children, which is due to help year six children returning to school this month.

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NSPCC staff have also been doing counselling sessions with children worried about coronavirus or other issues through its Childline service.

Now the team at Carole House, the NSPCC’s Stoke-on-Trent centre, have been nominated for an Our Heroes Award in the People First category in recognition of their work on the Together for Childhood sexual abuse prevention project and also their work during the pandemic.

If you would like to nominate someone for an Our Heroes Award send the details to jennifer.amphlett@reachplc.com with Our Heroes in the subject box.





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