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Appeal launched to help children in Manchester

The staff at Car Hire Manchester Airport hope the campaign gets the message across to the people it is intended for.

A campaign has been launched to offer support to children in 980 schools across Manchester. The appeal was opened by Esther Rantzen CBE to being the £1 million request to safeguard a generation of children suffering in silence.

The ChildLine charity says that an average of two children in every classroom is a victim of abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents. But now they hope to buck the trend by offering a shoulder to cry on to 70,000 children in 980 schools across Greater Manchester.

The programme is being launched by the NSPCC amid concerns that nine to 11 year olds lack the confidence to report abuse suffered at home. They aim to raise £1million which will allow them to take their message to schools across Greater Manchester by 2016, and every two years from then on.

Speaking at the launch, Esther Rantzen CBE, said “I think we have to be alert to the fact that there can be children who are so young that they may think what’s happening to them is normal, and that there is no way they can get help. We have to remember that as soon as a child can talk, that child becomes a danger to someone who is abusing or neglecting that child. I think we always need to reach out to the most vulnerable children. We want to be in Greater Manchester for generations of children in schools.”