Children encouraged to watch NSPCC virtual assembly hosted by Ant and Dec

Credit: NSPCC

Children in the Channel Islands are being encouraged to join a virtual assembly with Ant and Dec and David Walliams.

The online assembly is being run by the NSPCC to encourage children to speak out and stay safe from abuse and neglect.

The 'Speak Out and Stay Safe' series will be hosted by Ant and Dec and David Walliams this morning at 9:30am, where they will be discussing some of the worries children are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s great fun to be able to host the NSPCC’s virtual assembly for children and their families, especially as this one carries such an important message – that every child can turn to someone when times are tough.

Ant McPartlin

We believe it’s vitally important that all children know what to do if they have any concerns, particularly now, and we feel very honoured to be supporting the NSPCC with this.

Declan Donnelly
7,000

Were counselled by the NSPCC’s Childline in the UK and Channel Islands during the pandemic.

2,593

Children had counselling sessions during the seven weeks of lockdown (23 March – 10 May).

This is an increase of approximately 60 children per week compared to the months leading up to lockdown.

The NSPCC Schools Service, who would usually present the 'Speak Out and Stay Safe' assembly in school, teaches children to talk to either a trusted adult or Childline if they are worried.

Primary schools play an essential role in keeping our children safe. This is because they are in a strong position to identify signs of abuse and neglect, and also offer a secure space to teach children about staying safe and, if necessary, speaking out. However, due to the pandemic we have been unable to go into schools so by hosting a virtual assembly we can reach even more children during lockdown to let them know who to turn to for help. >

Candia Crosfield, Schools Service Manager for the Channel Islands

Speak Out. Stay Safe assemblies have taken place in more than 90% of all primary schools across the UK and Channel Islands.

A recording of the assembly will be available on the NSPCC’s website and YouTube Channel after the event for anyone who misses it.

Contact information:

  • Adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline seven days a week on 0808 800 5000, or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

  • Children can call Childline on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk any time of the day or night.