Speak Out Stay Safe
The NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe campaign is a free session available to all primary school to equip children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from neglect and abuse. The session involves an NSPCC volunteer visiting your school to deliver an assembly and workshop – which you can arrange here. Since the service started, around 80% of schools have received a visit.
Different age groups receive a different assembly presentation. These are split into two presentations – primary 1-3 and Primary 4-7. The assembly talk to the children about different types of abuse so they can get help if and when they need it. This includes talking about neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and bullying. Furthermore, they will help children identify a trusted grown up to support them.
During the workshops, children in years 5-6 explore the definitions of abuse in greater depth. They take part in engaging activities and exercises, including looking at different scenarios and deciding whether they are OK or not OK.
The sixth episode of the NSPCC’s podcast is focussed on the Speak Out Stay Safe campaign. This episode of the podcast is hosted by Rose Bray, NSPCC’s Reach Development Project Manager for our Schools Service, Karen Squillino who leads on our direct work with schools, and Katie, a parent whose son has taken part in the programme. It looks at the following points:
- the scale of the programme and its delivery in schools
- a real life example of how the service has benefitted a parent and their child
- how the child’s voice is kept at the centre of the programme
- challenges around reaching and accessing schools
- next steps for the Speak out Stay safe service
The Speak Out Stay Safe programme is based in evidence, which back up what they are trying to do. The evidence tell us that if a child does disclose neglect or abuse, it can take years for them to do so. This is partly down to children not recognising their experiences as neglect or abuse, while also not having the language to disclose it.
Has your school hosted a Speak Out Stay Safe session? Are you thinking of bringing one in? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!