Helping keep children safe
ONE in five children has suffered some kind of abuse – and we know the effects can be devastating and last for years.
That’s why the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe programme is teaching children how to keep themselves safe and who they can speak to if they need help.
Delivered at no cost to schools, the programme could prevent pupils suffering from abuse or neglect.
In November, a school in the West Midlands became the 20,000th in the UK to be visited by our Speak Out Stay Safe team – a milestone in our mission to reach every primary school. We’re urging all schools to sign up for a visit.
With the help of our mascot Buddy, Speak Out Stay Safe is spreading an important message in a lively, interactive and memorable way. Through age-appropriate, interactive assemblies and workshops, children are empowered to recognise the different types of abuse and understand how to protect themselves.
We help children to identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are worried about themselves or a friend.
They also learn about Childline and how the service can support them.
And though we are delighted to have reached so many pupils, we will keep visiting schools every week to ensure this vital service helps to protect a generation of children from abuse.
It is our ambition to reach every school in the UK.
To find out more, and request a visit for your school, go to www. nspcc.org.uk/speakout.
The NSPCC Schools Service relies on volunteers to help deliver assemblies and workshops. To get involved or to find out more, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-youcan-do. Catherine Hatcher
Schools Service Area Co-ordinator