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Anti-abuse campaign is launched
11:42am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A MAJOR campaign to stop child abuse before it starts is being launched in Hampshire.
The NSPCC launches its Now I Know initiative today, which aims to put ChildLine in every primary school in the county, with visits once every two years to talk to children about abuse, how to protect themselves and where to get help.
The charity chief executive, Peter Wanless, believes that a massive reduction in child abuse can be achieved if more is done to prevent it before it starts.
The pioneering ChildLine Schools Service is a major shift towards preventative work designed to equip children with the knowledge they need to act with confidence if they fear abuse, before it does terrible and lasting harm.
The service has already visited 4,335 children in 47 schools in Hampshire, and has proved incredibly popular with parents and teachers.
Mr Wanless said: “We want children to be able to say ‘Now I Know’ – and not, ‘I wish I had known’. And we want everyone to play their part by looking out for children and reinforcing the message about speaking up.”
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