Half a million children in the UK suffer abuse or neglect each year. But there’s something we can all do to change that.

On 10 January the NSPCC launched a new campaign to help give everyone the knowledge to help keep children safe. We wanted to give you, as our partners in sport a heads-up about this. The campaign is called Listen Up, Speak up, and we’re really hoping you and your networks can help us make it a success.

The NSPCC will be offering free, 10-minute digital training to adults across the UK and Channel Islands, which will raise public awareness of some potential indicators of child abuse or neglect, and where to go if an individual, or someone they know, needs some support. We will also be running training in person in certain area’s including Brighton, Newport and Leeds. The training will be followed up by a series of emails from NSPCC child protection staff offering advice, tips and actions everyone can take to help keep children safe.

By giving everyone a bit of extra knowledge, we can ensure there are people in every community who know what to do to help keep children safe. And we can help parents and carers understand how to reach out if they need support – meaning we can stop abuse before it starts.

January marks the beginning of the pilot stage of the campaign and we’d like to reach at least 10,000 people. Can you help by sharing our message with your networks, communities and audiences? We’ll be creating plenty of content that you can promote, including a campaign video.

Also, thinking ahead to next year, we want to make the campaign bigger and better, and it would be great to work with you on that ambition. We want to inspire more than a million people to take part. We also want to explore a version of Listen up, Speak up for young people and a version for workplaces, which might be something you could help with. Please do let us know if you’re interested in being involved.

As ever, thank you for your time and your support.

You can find out more about the campaign at Listen up, Speak up | NSPCC by clicking here https://www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us/listen-up-speak-up/