Speak out Stay safe is a safeguarding programme for children aged 5- to 11-years-old. It is available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands.
Our programme helps children understand:
- abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
- that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
- where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.
Trained NSPCC volunteers and staff deliver an assembly and workshop in a fun and interactive way with the help of our mascot, Buddy the speech bubble. Buddy wants everyone to know that all children have the right to:
- speak out and be heard
- be safe
- get help when they need it.
We believe it's important that our Speak out Stay safe programme is available to every primary school at no cost to the school. As a charity we can only do this thanks to our many generous supporters and amazing volunteers. We can build in a number of exciting curriculum-based fundraising activities into the programme.
Current changes to the programme
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the way Speak out Stay safe is delivered has been changed. We are delighted to announce that with the amazing support of Ant and Dec we have launched an online version of our assembly.
This offer, available for primary schools, includes access to online assemblies and supporting resources which can be used in the classroom. They are an effective way to support your school's safeguarding duties and link directly to the curriculum. They will also help reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of a school’s teaching on relationships. Together they will support children to feel empowered - knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
Versions are available in British Sign Language (BSL) for d/Deaf children as well as in Welsh. An adapted version of the programme for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) is also available.
Is your child’s school registering for our Speak out Stay safe programme? Take a look at the NSPCC website to find out more about what the service entails.
Watch our short film about Speak out Stay safe below. Please note that schools will be delivering a specially adapted online version due to the pandemic.