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Ant & Dec help Cornish children get their heads around COVID-19

Ant & Dec help Cornish children get their heads around COVID-19

Published by Helen Down at 3:22pm 5th June 2020. (Updated at 3:51pm 5th June 2020)

Cornish kids got the chance to grill the government about the challenges surrounding coronavirus.

Questions were put to the Minister for Children and Familes, as part of a digital assembly on Friday June 5..

Vicky Ford was present at the online 'Speak out, Stay Safe' event held primarily to reinforce key lessons about abuse and neglect.

"Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we have faced in a long time.  That's why we have all had to make big changes, like staying at home, not seeing family and friends in person, and lots of children not attending school as normal.

"Thanks to all the changes children and their families have made over the last few months, we have come a long way in fighting the virus, and more children are now returning to school. 

"But we all still have an important role to play, so everyone must stay alert and follow the rules to protect ourselves and other people."

Minister for Children and Families Vicky Ford

While TV duo Ant and Dec were the virtual assembly's hosts.

"It's great fun to be able to host the NSPCC's virtual assembly for children and their families, especially as this one carries such an important message - that every child can turn to someone when times are tough.

"We believe it's vitally important that all children know what to do if they have any concerns, particularly now, and we feel very honoured to be supporting the NSPCC with this." 

Ant & Dec

David Walliams
David Walliams also took part in the online assembly
  • NSPCC's Childline counselled nearly 7,000 children struggling during the pandemic
  • The charity carried out 2,593 counselling sessions with children who shared concerns about abuse or neglect during the seven weeks of lockdown
  • Since January the NSPCC's Childline service has delivered 6,938 counselling sessions to children and young people impacted by coronavirus.
  • In 2019/20, the NSPCC Schools Service visited almost 450 primary schools across the South West of England, reaching over 80,000 children in the region.
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