Local MPs gathered in Westminster this week with ChildLine volunteers and schoolchildren to see how a groundbreaking service is helping primary school children understand more about abuse and how to stay safe.
Ann Coffey local MP for Stockport was one of those who attended the House of Commons event in which volunteers from the ChildLine Schools Service demonstrated an assembly they deliver to year five and six pupils.
Everyone has heard of Childline, the free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children who are desperate and have no one to turn to. But how many of us realise that the NSPCC Childline Schools Service now works with primary schools across the country, working with dedicated volunteers to help young children to recognise abuse and seek help where they need it.
Last week I helped to bring the Childline Schools Service into Parliament, so MPs could get a better understanding of how it works with a class of children aged 10 and 11. This was the first time I had seen the Schools Service in action, and I was deeply impressed by the skilled way in which the Childline volunteers get across complex messages in a way that makes it easy for children to understand in a way that is appropriate to their age.
Heaton Norris singer/songwriter Rachel Kern was delighted when her local MP Ann Coffey nominated her to take park in Rock the House, the Parliamentary live music competition which celebrates up-and-coming unsigned British artists.