NSPCC announces 'virtual assembly' with Ant & Dec and David Walliams

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

The NSPCC is holding a virtual assembly for children on Tuesday (23 February) to encourage them to keep safe and well during the pandemic - with all star hosts Ant and Dec and David Walliams.

The charity will be broadcasting the ‘Stay Safe. Speak Out’ event at 10am on its Facebook page NSPCC Facebook page for both parents and children, after the success of its virtual assembly in June last year.

The broadcast, which is aimed at children aged five and above, aims to help them understand how to talk to a trusted adult about any worries or anxieties. It will also cover coronavirus-related worries, such as not being able to see their family and friends, changes in daily routines, experiencing new feelings and spending more time online.

Photo credit: NSPCC
Photo credit: NSPCC

Ant and Dec hosted the last virtual assembly, and as long term supporters of the charity, are delighted to be involved once again.

Ant says, "After what has been an incredibly difficult start to the year for many young people, we feel privileged to once again be hosting the NSPCC’s virtual assembly for children and their families.

"We hope we can remind children that they don’t have to just carry their worries with them – they can always speak to someone they trust if they’re feeling sad, overwhelmed, or unsafe," adds Dec.

Photo credit: NSPCC
Photo credit: NSPCC

One Facebook user who watched the first assembly said:" My boys loved it and following a family bereavement this gave them an opportunity to talk about their feelings. We took blank paper and marked it for every worry or fear we had and shared."

A recording of the online assembly will be available on the NSPCC’s website, Facebook and YouTube channel after the event.

The NSPCC’s Janet Hinton says, "The lockdown has turned the lives of children upside down and many are struggling to cope with the challenges it has posed.

"Although our trained ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ staff can’t currently go into schools, it is essential that every child knows who they can turn to if they need help and support. After watching the assembly, parents and carers can continue this conversation with their children by visiting the NSPCC website where they can find additional activities."

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.

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