A NEW survey has shown that a third of adults in East Staffordshire think they would be able to recognise if their child was being abused at school.
The data was released as the NSPCC began its bid to try to achieve a massive reduction in abuse with its ‘Now I Know’ campaign.
The charity is in the process of visiting every primary school in the area to talk to children about abuse, how to protect themselves and where to get help if they need it.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “People in this country do not want to tolerate child abuse.
“We no longer need to convince them of the suffering it leads to, or the costs to future lives – Jimmy Savile’s crimes are one shocking illustration of the consequences when people do not speak up and are not heard, for whatever reason.
“But we must now inspire everyone to believe that such horrors can be prevented and that they can help.
“Protection after the event, vital as it is, can’t attack the root causes of the problems at hand.
“Like us, many professionals and organisations are developing new thinking on prevention and the future tide of child abuse cannot be turned without this.
“By helping children understand and identify abuse in an age-appropriate way, we can encourage them to speak out earlier and protect themselves and others from the devastating effects of abuse.
“We want children to be able to say ‘now I know’, and not ‘I wish I had known.’”
A new study showed that just over a third of adults in the area taking part in the survey thought they would be able to recognise abuse if it was happening to their child at primary school.
More than three-quarters thought that educating children aged nine to 11 in an age-appropriate way about what abuse was and where to get help in a school environment could be a powerful weapon against child abuse.