Keeping our children safe

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The district’s primary schools are being encouraged to sign up for the NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe. programme. This ground-breaking initiative aims to visit every primary school in the UK to bring about a long term reduction in child cruelty.

Buddy and friends

Speak Out. Stay Safe. Programme

The Speak Out. Stay Safe. programme is fully funded for all schools. It consists of an assembly presentation for all children followed by an hour long workshop for Years 5 and 6.

With the help of the NSPCC mascot Buddy, the programme provides child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops delivered by specially trained staff and volunteers.

It aims to help children

  • understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse
  • know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse
  • know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including the Childline service

Appropriate and engaging

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “The NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe. programme works with schools to support children’s learning in an appropriate and engaging way. It’s important for children not to be afraid and to tell someone they trust.”

“This programme reinforces that message and that children have the right to be safe, to be listened to, and to be able to find help and support.”

Visit every school in the Epping Forest district

Helen Marriner from the NSPCC Schools Service said: “We’d love to visit every school in the Epping Forest district and empower children to speak out to a trusted adult or Childline about any worries they have. We’re committed to providing a comprehensive service to help schools keep children safe.”

“We also provide information and resources to parents as the programme links directly to the curriculum. If you want us to visit your school please contact your head teacher. Alternatively you can contact me direct by phone or email, or you can always find more information on our website.”

Stay safe from abuse and neglect

Helen ended with: “We aim to give a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect – every childhood is worth fighting for.”

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