Speak out Stay safe

Last updated: 04 Sep 2018
About Speak out Stay safe

Speak out Stay safe is a session available to all primary schools in the UK. It aims to equip a generation of children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or Childline. 

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Trained NSPCC volunteers and staff deliver an assembly and workshop with the help of our Speak out Stay safe mascot, Buddy the speech bubble. Pupils are taught in a lively, memorable and child-friendly way.

It's an effective way to support your school's safeguarding duties and links directly to the curriculum. By the end of our visit, children feel empowered - knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.

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.

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Since the service began, around 80% of schools have received a Speak out Stay safe session and we'd love your school to be next.

You can sign up to receive an assembly and workshop or request a repeat visit from our team of trained volunteers and staff.

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How it works

How it works

Speak out Stay safe consists of a 30-minute assembly to all pupils followed by a one hour workshop for older pupils. Teachers are present throughout so everyone's familiar with the topics covered after the visit.

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The assembly

We hold different assembly presentations for reception, years 1 and 2/primary 1-3 and years 3-6/primary 4-7.

The assembly helps children understand about different types of abuse so they can get help if or when they need it. This includes talking about neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and bullying. We help children to identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are worried about themselves or a friend. They also learn about Childline, and how the service can support them.

The workshop

During the workshops, children in years 5-6/primary 6-7 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.

How we support you

Our trained staff and volunteers help you prepare for the assembly and class workshops, so you know what to expect and are confident about how to support your pupils before and after the visit.

Before the visit, we talk to you about any specific needs or requirements your pupils may have. We have also adapted our programme for special schools. And we can deliver our assembly bilingually in Wales.

The programme helps your school meet statutory duties, and will support you to evidence your school's safeguarding to Ofsted.

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Since the service began, around 80% of schools have received a Speak out Stay safe session and we'd love your school to be next.

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What we cover: Key stage 1 and primary 1-3

What we cover: key stage 1 and primary 1-3

We hold a 30-minute assembly, covering the topics below, for children in key stage 1 (reception and years 1 and 2) and primary 1-3. 

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Meet Buddy - The children meet Buddy, a friendly, green speech bubble who believes that children should be able to speak out to someone if they're worried or unhappy.Meet Buddy

Children's rights - The assembly explains that all children have the right to speak out and be heard, to be safe and to get help when they need it.

Childrens rights

Explaining the ways that children can be hurt - We explain the different ways that children can be hurt in a simple, age appropriate way, so that children understand when something's not right.

Privates are private

Speaking out - Children think about grown-ups who may be good to talk to, both in school and out of school.

Speaking out

Getting help - Children learn about Childline, and how they can get in contact if they're worried or need to talk.

Getting help

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Since the service began, around 80% of schools have received a Speak out Stay safe session and we'd love your school to be next.

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What we cover: Key stage 2 and primary 4-7

What we cover: key stage 2 and primary 4-7

We hold a 30-minute assembly, covering the topics below, for children in key stage 2 (years 3-6) and primary 4-7. This is followed by a one-hour class workshop for years 5-6 and primary 6-7.

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Meet Buddy

The children meet Buddy, a friendly, green speech bubble who believes that children should be able to speak out to someone if they're worried or unhappy.

Meet Buddy

What's worrying you?

Children get involved and discuss some of the reasons why a child may feel sad, worried or anxious and need someone to talk to.

What might make children feel worried

Explaining different types of abuse

We explain the different types of abuse in a simple, age appropriate way, so that children understand when something's not right.

Different types of abuse

Someone to talk to

Children think about trusted adults who they could talk to if they're worried, both in school and out of school.

Someone to talk to

Childline

Children learn about Childline, and how they can get in contact if they're worried or need to talk.

Childline

Request an assembly at your school

Since the service began, around 80% of schools have received a Speak out Stay safe session and we'd love your school to be next.

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Testimonials

Testimonials

From schools

"The session gave children clear ideas of where they could go for help and advice in a straight forward way. They make it really child friendly."

Vera Jajechnyk, Head of School and Safeguarding Lead, St John’s Catholic School

From children

"You visited our school last term and it was really fun. I liked Buddy and still remember the number you taught us. It's nice knowing that Childline is always here for me if I ever need them."

Girl, age 11

"The NSPCC came into my school today. It was really good to hear about Childline and to know that I can talk to you about anything. I have been getting bullied at school so I have been feeling quite sad. Knowing that Childline is always here for children really helps."

Boy, age 11

From parents

"My daughter thought the volunteers were fantastic, really real people, very warm and friendly."

Sally, Prestatyn


Request an assembly at your school

Since the service began, around 80% of schools have received a Speak out Stay safe session and we'd love your school to be next.

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Support us

Support us

We believe it's important that our Speak out Stay safe programme is available to every primary school at no cost to the school.

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As a charity we can only do this thanks to our many generous supporters and amazing volunteers.

Volunteer with us

Our volunteers visit local schools giving assemblies and workshops in primary schools, teaching them to speak out if they're ever worried.

We provide the training and tools you need to play your part.

> Find out more about volunteering opportunities on the NSPCC website

Fundraise for us

Speak out Stay safe is available at no cost to schools, thanks to the financial support and generosity of our supporters.

If you'd like to take part in a fundraising event to help us continue this work, take a look at our fundraising ideas for schools on the NSPCC website or email us for more information. 

Request an assembly at your school

Since the service began, around 80% of schools have received a Speak out Stay safe session and we'd love your school to be next.

> Request a visit for your school

More resources

More resources

We work with primary and secondary schools across the UK. In addition to Speak out Stay safe, we have specialist resources, lesson plans and training to help schools safeguard children. This includes:

You can also find out more about what to do if a child talks about abuse in our recognising and responding to abuse briefing.

Request an assembly at your school

Since the service began, around 80% of schools have received a Speak out Stay safe session and we'd love your school to be next.

> Request a visit for your school

 

 

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