NSPCC ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme
As the UK’s largest children’s charity, the NSPCC are committed to making sure that they help schools around the country keep their pupils safe. The aim of the NSPCC is to empower and help children and to provide teachers all across the UK with the tools to do that because we know that through working together, the NSPCC and the whole school community can have tremendous impact in preventing abuse and keeping children and young people safe.
Due to the effects of the Covid pandemic one element of the NSPCC’s service is the online ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme. As part of our safeguarding procedures the school delivered the online assemblies to the different year groups for children from Reception to Year 6. These assemblies have been specifically designed and adapted depending on the age of the children. The assemblies were delivered in a child friendly manner to inform the children about speaking out, staying safe and getting help when they need it. Children should also know the trusted adults they can speak to if they are sad or are worried about something.
The children were introduced to Buddy who is represented as a speech bubble signifying that children can use their voice. Buddy tells the children about different types of abuse and what rights they have. The children really enjoyed taking part in the assemblies and did some follow up lessons and activities when they went back to class.
Once the assemblies have been completed the NSPCC present schools with a certificate as a reward for the children and recognition of the work the school does to ensure that their children stay safe and are well informed of key issues.