NSPCC publishes new resources

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Two sets of resources have been launched by the NSPCC to help tackle child abuse and to spot the signs of neglect.

The first is a new e-learning programme to help sports coaches and those who volunteer with sports clubs to help spot children who may be victims of abuse or neglect.

It is thought around two million people in the sports sector come into contact with around 10 million children every week. 

The NSPCC is calling for these professionals and volunteers to take its new course so that they will know what to do if they come across a child who has been a victim of abuse or neglect.

The charity believes that only one in nine children at risk of abuse or neglect currently get the help they need.

The Child Protection in Sport course has been given the backing of the Football Association and participants do not need any prior child protection knowledge, with the focus being on how to recognise, respond, report and record any concerns you may have about a child.

Meanwhile, an updated version of the NSPCC’s The Underwear Rule resource has been launched to help teach children with learning disabilities about sexual abuse.

The NSPCC and Mencap have created the new resource, which is primarily aimed at parents and which is based on the acronym PANTS:

  • Privates are private.

  • Always remember your body belongs to you.

  • No means no.

  • Talk about secrets that upset you.

  • Speak up, someone can help.

It comes as more than 60,000 people have contacted the NSPCC helpline this year about abuse and neglect – an increase of 21 per cent compared to last year. Out of these, more than 8,000 calls were about sexual abuse. Research has previously shown that disabled children are 3.4 times more likely to be abused or neglected than non-disabled children.

The Child Protection in Sport course can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinetraining

The Underwear Rule resource is available at www.nspcc.org.uk/underwear with background information on the campaign at www.nspcc.org.uk/conversations

If you have concerns about a child or want advice you can contact the NSPCC for free 24-hours-a-day, by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing help@nspcc.org.uk, or texting 88858.


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