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As the new school term begins, the NSPCC is encouraging primary schools across the UK to book a Speak out. Stay safe session for their school.
The Speak out. Stay safe. programme aims to give a generation of children the knowledge and ability to speak out about abuse and neglect, and get help if they need it.
Delivered by NSPCC staff and volunteers at no cost, the session is available to all UK primary schools, every three years.
Schools that have already received a session can get in touch to book a repeat session at any time.
NSPCC staff and volunteers deliver assemblies and workshops in primary schools, to support schools to safeguard pupils by recognising the warning signs of abuse and how they can seek help.
With the help of the Speak out. Stay safe. mascot, Buddy, the child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops help children:
The session links directly to the curriculum, helping schools meet their statutory requirements and OFSTED. It also links to new compulsory Relationships and Sex Education guidance, which states that primary schools ‘should teach pupils the knowledge they need to recognise and report abuse.
Workshops are available for all primary schools, with a tailored provision for Special schools.
“The children thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience, despite the challenging themes being addressed. No issues were ‘talked around’ or ‘glanced over’, they were engaged with in an extremely age-appropriate way. There is no doubt in my mind that the pupils all carried a very positive message home with them and that they had the opportunity to really think about who they might talk to about their worries if and when they need to.”
Sheila McKeown, Acting Principal
Killowen Primary School, Rostrevor, County Down
For more information about The Speak out. Stay safe. programme, and how you can book a session for your primary school, please visit: nspcc.org.uk/speakout.
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