By Peter K Smith and Denise WatsonThe Childline in Partnership with Schools Programme (CHIPS) was introduced in 1997 to raise awareness about ChildLine and to encourage schools to support their pupils in setting up projects run by and for pupils in tackling issues that affect their lives, such as bullying and violence. Although the programme provides value for money, improvements should be made to aspects of the training, supervision and operation of the schemes. In some schools, difficulties were not being addressed thoroughly enough, and some schemes fell short of achieving their full potential. Good practice needs to be disseminated more widely, and evaluation must be taken more seriously and done more systematically.
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