(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog June 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Chris Harper, who plays Nathan Curtis in Coronation Street, recently visited Heathfield Nursery and Infant and Junior Schools with the NSPCC.
Chris told the Richmond Guardian: “Abuse can be a difficult subject to tackle with children but the NSPCC’s Speak Out. Stay Safe service proves it can be done in an age appropriate and sensitive way.
“I’m really proud to support the service and it’s been a great pleasure to help the charity in its work to empower children to spot the signs of abuse.”
Having worked with the charity before to prepare for his role in the ITV soap, which involved grooming and sexually exploiting 17-year-old Bethany Platt, he wanted to get involved with the workshops being provided.
“Researching my role for Coronation Street opened my eyes to abuse and the suffering of victims and it also made me realise we all have a role to play in protecting children,” added the actor.
To find out more about the scheme and support service visit nspcc.org.uk/schools.
Children and young people can contact Childline for free confidential support and advice 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at childline.org.uk.
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