Get tips and advice on talking PANTS
Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.
To help you start the conversation with your child, we’ll send you helpful tips, advice and materials by email.
Here to help keep children safe
If you're worried about a child, we're here to provide support and advice to help you. Whatever your concern, you can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends, or email us at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sing along with Pantosaurus!
What are the PANTS rules?
Your underwear covers up your private parts and no one should ask to see or touch them. Sometimes a doctor, nurse or family members might have to. But they should always explain why, and ask you if it's OK first.
Your body belongs to you. No one should ever make you do things that make you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. If someone asks to see or tries to touch you underneath your underwear say 'NO' – and tell someone you trust and like to speak to.
No means no and you always have the right to say ‘no’ – even to a family member or someone you love. You’re in control of your body and the most important thing is how YOU feel. If you want to say ‘No’, it’s your choice.
There are good and bad secrets. Good secrets can be things like surprise parties or presents for other people. Bad secrets make you feel sad, worried or frightened. You should tell an adult you trust about a bad secret straight away.
Talk about stuff that makes you worried or upset. If you ever feel sad, anxious or frightened you should talk to an adult you trust. This doesn't have to be a family member. It can also be a teacher or a friend's parent – or even Childline.
You've helped bring our Pantosaurus book to life
In February 2020, we launched our first ever crowdfunding campaign to create a book about Pantosaurus.
This fun and important storybook will help families and schools have simple conversations to help keep children safe from sexual abuse — in an engaging, visual way.
Thanks to amazing supporters like you, we raised £46,440 to help us create this essential book. You can get your copy from Matalan, selected Blakemore Retail SPAR stores or our NSPCC shop from August 2021. All profits from the sale of this book will support the NSPCC’s vital work, fighting for every childhood.
When's the right time to talk PANTS?
You know your child better than anyone. And you'll know when they're ready and how much detail to go into. Some parents found these moments helped them start the conversation:
- bathtime, applying cream or when getting your child dressed
- car journeys
- going swimming and saying that what's covered by swimwear is private
- during a TV show that features a sensitive storyline
- singing along to our PANTS song with Pantosaurus.
We have a range of PANTS guides for parents and carers including guides in Welsh, guides for people with a disability and for children with autism.
Guide for parents
A simple step-by-step guide to help you talk PANTS with your child and keep them safe.
Guidance for foster carers
A custom-made guide to help you, as foster carers, talk PANTS with the children in care.
Guide for parents with a learning disability
An easy to read guide to help keep children safe from abuse. Teach your child to remember the word PANTS.
Guide for children
This simple guide helps children learn the PANTS rules with Pantosaurus helping lead them through some fun and interactive questions.
Children with learning disabilities
This easy-to-read guide has been created for children with learning disabilities so they can understand the PANTS rules and how to stay safe from abuse.
BSL video for keeping deaf children safe
Our video created in British Sign Language can help you teach deaf children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried.
Cofia siarad PANTS!
Mae siarad PANTS yn dysgu plant negeseuon pwysig, fel bod eu cyrff yn perthyn iddyn nhw a dylent ddweud wrth oedolyn os ydynt yn ypset neu'n poeni.
Canllaw ar gyfer rhieni
Er mwyn helpu i gadw plant yn ddiogel rhag camdriniaeth, mae'r canllaw hwn yn defnyddio rheolau PANTS i ddysgu iddynt fod eu cyrff yn perthyn iddyn nhw.
Canllaw ar gyfer plant
Ffordd syml o helpu i gadw plant yn ddiogel rhag camdriniaeth drwy eu dysgu i gofio'r 5 rheolau sy'n sillafu PANTS.
Canllaw ar gyfer plant ag anableddau dysgu
Mae’r canllaw hawdd i ddarllen hwn yn defnyddio'r gair PANTS i helpu i gadw plant yn ddiogel rhag camdriniaeth, drwy eu dysgu bod eu corff yn perthyn iddyn nhw.
Shop our PANTS range
From colourful back to school accessories to colouring books and a PANTS activity pack that helps children learn about staying safe, we've got lots of exciting products inspired by the friendly yellow dinosaur PANTOSAURUS.
Treat yourself or your child to one of our PANTS products today and you'll be helping us keep more children safe.
Advice and resources for you
Carol's story about talking PANTS
Carol tells us why she feels like a better parent since talking PANTS with her daughter. Get your PANTS activity pack and start the conversation with your child.
Talk PANTS with Amazon Alexa
Our Amazon Alexa skill is a fun, new way to help you teach your child about PANTS. Just say “Alexa, open NSPCC” on your Alexa app or Echo device and start talking PANTS today.