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NSPCC -Speak Out, Stay Safe – NEW ASSEMBLY

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme gives children the knowledge and understanding they need to help them stay safe from abuse and neglect. Before the pandemic, we delivered our KS1 and KS2 assemblies face-to-face in more than 90% of all primary schools across the UK, but the way Speak out Stay safe is delivered has had to change.

We are delighted to announce that we have launched an online version of our assemblies. With the amazing support of Ant and Dec, and with the help of our mascot Buddy, the programme provides interactive assemblies and supporting learning resources for teachers. This includes options lesson plans for before and after the assemblies.

The programme helps children to recognise and understand abuse in all its forms, in a child friendly and age appropriate way, so they can get help if or when they need it. We help them identify trusted adults they can talk to if they’re ever worried about themselves or a friend. And they learn about Childline, and how it can support them. Our work also focuses on some of the additional worries that children are experiencing due to the pandemic.

The assemblies 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, and our adapted version of the programme for SEND pupils within specialist school settings is also available.

The programme is offered at no cost to schools because we think that it is so important that all children receive these messages. We do ask all schools if they would be willing to support our work through fundraising, but this is not a requirement. If schools do choose to fundraise for us, we have a range of engaging and memorable fundraising activities available to help support this.

If you are interested, please email you local Area Coordinator, Helen O’Sullivan, at helen.osullivan@nspcc.org.uk

You will also need to fill in the form below agreeing to the delivering of the sessions:

SOSS Schools Agreement 2020

What is the Speak out. Stay safe. programme?

The Speak out. Stay safe. programme consists of separate assemblies for KS1 and KS2, followed by an hour-long workshop for years 5 and 6. The sessions give children the knowledge and understanding they need to help them stay safe from abuse and neglect. I have attached a summary document with more information on the content of each of these sessions. Please also take a look at our fantastic video at www.bit.ly/SOSSvid to see our programme in action.

With the help of our mascot Buddy, the programme provides child-friendly, age-appropriate interactive assemblies and workshops to help children:

  • understand abuse in all its forms
  • know how to protect themselves
  • know how to access sources of help, including our Childline service.

“NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems” – Child’s feedback

“I feel confident in the NSPCC, in their delivery and expertise, and wholeheartedly recommend the work they undertake in schools” – Teacher’s feedback

The programme complements the statutory guidance for Relationships Education (compulsory from 2020) which states that primary schools “should teach pupils the knowledge they need to recognise and to report abuse”. Speak out. Stay safe. has been designed to link directly to the PSHE curriculum and can also help you to provide evidence that your school is meeting safeguarding requirements.

The programme is offered at no cost to schools because we think that it is so important that all children receive these messages. We do ask all schools if they would be willing to hold a fundraising event to support the NSPCC. If your school choose to fundraise we have a range of engaging and memorable fundraising activities available.