Primary school children told us they knew more about bullying, abuse and neglect following our Speak out Stay safe sessions
Speak out Stay safe is a free programme available to all primary schools in the UK. Our trained volunteers teach children how to recognise abuse and neglect in a lively, memorable and child-friendly way.
In an initial evaluation of our schools programme, we asked for the views of children and staff from ten schools in England about:
- the impact of Speak out Stay safe on children
- the experiences of pupils and adults who have taken part
- what helps to deliver our programme.
Our initial findings provide promising evidence that Speak out Stay safe:
- helps children to feel confident and empowered to recognise and respond to abuse, neglect and bullying
- helps school staff identify safeguarding concerns and strengthen school safeguarding.
“It’s a good way of learning, like, if you’ve been bullied before you can say stop you’re bullying me. So you know what they’re doing to you ‘cause you might not know.”
Year 3 child
We also found school staff valued the independence of the NSPCC and felt this really helped to engage children with the core messages about staying safe from abuse and neglect.
“Like I say, it gives us a chance to sit back, but also we’re working with people who do this for a living, and it gets us to use their expertise. A fresh pair of eyes is always good.”
Year 4 teacher