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Listen Up Speak Up and help the NSPCC create a city of safeguarders in Leeds

A new NSPCC campaign to offer free child safeguarding training across the UK is launching with a key pilot of the scheme in Leeds.

The children’s charity has chosen Leeds as one of three pilot sites across the country for its Listen Up Speak Up campaign. The pilot aims to create a city of safeguarders among people who may not work with children or families but might encounter them regularly.

These could include market traders, shopkeepers, hairdressers, café workers, small business owners, local community groups, Neighbourhood Watch Groups and more.

As part of the Leeds pilot, an hour-long training workshop will be held at the NSPCC’s Leeds hub in the city centre on Thursday, January 12, between 9am and 10am. Members of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to be among the first to sign up to help make the pilot a success.

The session will help attendees identify signs of child neglect or abuse in the community and empower them to know who to turn to and how to raise concerns with someone who can help. Following the first session, participants will receive a weekly series of emails which offers further insight to help build safeguarding knowledge.

There will also be an opportunity to feed back on the pilot scheme, and help the NSPCC to identify any areas which could be strengthened, or highlight anything that could be explored in more detail when Listen Up Speak Up rolls out more widely.

The NSPCC would love to hear the public’s thoughts on the programme, and those interested can sign up for the first live workshop on January 12, at

Alternatively, to find out more about Listen Up Speak Up and sign up to the virtual training, click here.