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Children’s charity heads north to keep kids safe from abuse

Shetland Islands
Shetland Islands

A leading children’s charity has headed to the most northerly school in the country to keep children safe from abuse.

The NSPCC Schools Service has continued its attempt to take its safety messages to every child in Scotland by travelling to the Shetland Islands.

Schools Service co-ordinators will this week visit nine schools on the islands, including Baltasound Junior High on Unst, the most northerly school in the UK, as part of the Speak Out, Stay Safe programme.

The service, which sent volunteers to speak to 92,572 children in 812 schools across Scotland last year, is calling for more volunteers in 2017 to help it reach its aim of reaching every child in primary school in Scotland.

Heather Whyte, Speak Out, Stay Safe area co-ordinator for North East Scotland and Shetland Islands, said: “We’re absolutely committed to ensuring as many children as possible get the information they need to speak out and stay safe.

“This week we visited the most northerly school in Scotland – Baltasound Junior High in Shetland – and it’s vital that we reach every school with our service.

“We continue to break boundaries in Scotland and we look forward to meeting even more pupils within a wider age range in the school year ahead.”

Michael Spence, head teacher at another of the Shetland schools visited – Aith Junior High School – added: “We are really grateful that the NSPCC have come so far to visit our school in Shetland.

“It is important that all rural schools and children living on the islands get the same opportunities as everyone else and hear these messages of how to keep themselves safe.”

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