Speak Out. Stay Safe.

NSPCC Talk

Speak Out. Stay Safe.  Clear NSPCC messages for KS1 and KS2 pupils
26th January 2017

Through age-appropriate assemblies and workshops, KS1 and KS2 pupils were delivered clear messages to keep themselves safe from harm – ‘Keep speaking out until something changes’.

We were introduced to 'Buddy' the NSPCC mascot - a speech bubble to encourage children to speak out.

Key messages:

  • Speak to a trusted adult
  • The NSPCC believe in children's rights – to speak out and be heard, be safe, get help when they need it
  • Children learned the foIlowing messages and told them to their peers:

‘I have the right to speak out and stay safe.’
‘You have the right to speak out and stay safe.’
‘We all have the right to speak out and stay safe.’

We don't want children to carry their worries around with them, feel unsafe or sad.

KS2 children reflected on worries that children may have:

James (Year 3) - getting hurt outside their comfort zone
Oliver (Year 5) - being threatened
Daley (Year 6) - name calling
Kemi (Year 4) - cyberbullying
Ruby (Year 3) - friendship worries
Anisha (Year 6) - Internet safety and concerns
Panache (Year 3) - being lonely no one wanting to play with you
Mia (Year 6) - worried about not understanding something that others do
Marcel (Year 3) - someone taking things that belong to you

Pupils then learned about the four areas of abuse and that abuse is NEVER a child's fault. Children were advised to speak out to a trusted adult if they were ever concerned about anything.

  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Bullying was also recognised as a type of abuse. Children learned the acronym ‘STOP’ which reminds them that bullying is usually done more than once - Several Times On Purpose

When children need someone to confide in or to talk to, they recognised a ‘trusted adult’ as:

  • A family member - Mum, Dad, an older sibling, grandparents
  • Teacher
  • A friend you can trust - ask them if they know of a trusted adult
  • In-school mentor
  • Head teacher
  • Dinner lady
  • Aspiration councillors
  • Teaching Assistants

Children were given the number for Childline 0800 1111 and reminded that it is free to call, open all day, every day. The call won't show up on any bill and help is always available.

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