NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. SEND/ASN/ALN Programme

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, to deliver their Speak out. Stay safe. programme. This is a nationwide programme available for children and young people in the UK and Channel Islands. We will be running an adapted version of the programme for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities.

“NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems.”

Child’s feedback

What is the Speak out. Stay safe. SEND/ASN/ALN Programme?

The Speak out. Stay safe. a programme for pupils with additional needs and disabilities will help your child(ren) understand what abuse is, help them feel supported and able to talk to trusted adults if they are sad or worried about anything.

Developed jointly by the NSPCC and Image in Action, the programme is made up of six sessions. We have studied the content of the materials and are confident that they are appropriate for our pupils.

If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe. programme please do let me know. You can also find out more here www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout.

Additional Resources

Online Safety Hub

You may also like to visit the NSPCC Online Safety Hub where you will find advice and information on a range of different online safety topics including gaming, social media, sharing nudes, parental controls and more.

You will also find online safety information for families of children with additional needs and disabilities. The NSPCC have worked with Ambitious about Autism and parents and carers who have children with additional needs and disabilities to create activities to help talk about online safety which you can find at www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-safety-families-children-with-send.

Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children

Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep your child safe from sexual abuse. From P through to S, each letter of PANTS provides a simple but valuable rule that can help keep your child safe. You can find out more and download the free resources at www.nspcc.org.uk/pants.

Penguin and Ladybird have partnered with the NSPCC to create a brand new Pantosaurus book aimed at children ages 4 – 8. You can find copies of the new book on sale, either in Matalan’s selected stores and online, selected SPAR stores or at https://shop.nspcc.org.uk/. All profits from the sale of this book will support the NSPCC.

Talking PANTS is a great way to help keep children safe from sexual abuse. The NSPCC has partnered with a range of charities to help you talk to your child about the PANTS rules. There are a range of PANTS guides available including guides for children with learning disabilities or autism and a BSL video for deaf children

Visit nspcc.org.uk/pantsguides to download the guide that’s right for you, watch our Makaton or BSL Talk PANTS films and to download free prompt cards to help you talk PANTS with Makaton.

How your child can access Childline

The Childline website is full of tips and information for children, including pages about disabilities and learning difficulties. Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or on 121 chat through the website. There is also an option to contact Childline through a BSL interpreter using Sign Video. You can find out more at www.childline.org.uk/kids.

If you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit their website www.nspcc.org.uk/parents.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Goosani