NSPCC – Protecting children today, preventing abuse tomorrow

The Pavers Foundation has donated £5,000 to the NSPCC, pledged by Graham Paver, Trustee of the Foundation.


The NSPCC, the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands, helps children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, protects children at risk, and finds the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.


Phil Robertshaw, Senior Philanthropy Manager at NSPCC said:


“We’re extremely grateful to the Pavers Foundation for its very generous support. The NSPCC is in the frontline in the fight to keep children safe from abuse and our friends in the community, who stand alongside us, play a key role in helping to achieve our shared vision of a happy and safe childhood for every child".


The NSPCC knows that 1 in 5 children in the UK have suffered abuse or neglect. Younger children in particular often don’t recognise that what is happening to them is wrong or know who they can turn to in order to make it stop. That is why the NSPCC is visiting primary schools across the UK with its Speak out. Stay safe. service, to give children the knowledge they need to stay safe from harm and to speak out if ever they are worried.



Phil Robertshaw said:


"The gift from the Foundation helps vital work like the NSPCC’s Schools Service. In the average primary school classroom, research indicates that at least two children have suffered significant abuse or neglect. Yet at such a young age, many children don’t realise that what’s happening to them is wrong, or where they can go for help. As a result, they suffer on whilst the impact of that abuse can go on to affect them for the rest of their lives. That’s why we started our Schools Service in 2011, to empower primary school children with the knowledge, the tools and the confidence to speak out and keep themselves safe from abuse.

The Schools Service involves two age-appropriate assemblies, one for Key Stage One children and another for those in Key Stage Two. With the help of our speech-bubble mascot, Buddy, children learn about the different kinds of abuse, how to identify trusted adults, and how they can call Childline or speak to their trusted adult whenever they need help. For those children in Key Stage Two, we then deliver a classroom-based workshop to reinforce these important learnings. The service also offers a range of classroom resources to teachers and links directly to the curriculum, helping with school's responsibilities to provide evidence that they are meeting statutory requirements".


Between 2017 and 2018, the NSPCC’s Schools Service visited over 8,000 schools throughout the country, reaching almost 1.8 million children, holding assemblies and workshops to help children understand what abuse is, that abuse is never their fault and to speak to a trusted adult or Childline if they are ever concerned about themselves or a friend.


Phil Robertshaw said:


"The Schools Service is at the heart of the NSPCC’s strategy to prevent abuse and so we’re really grateful for the generous support from the Pavers Foundation which is ensuring vital work like this can continue”.