Evaluation of the NSPCC’s SAFE: personal safety skills for deaf children Summary report about our toolkit for teaching deaf children how to keep themselves safe

Teenage girl smilingTeaching children how to keep themselves safe is an important way of protecting them from danger and abuse.

We produced SAFE - a toolkit to help teach deaf children about personal safety skills. Topics covered include: feelings; relationships; differences; bullying; growing up/sex and relationship education; personal safety indoors; personal safety outdoors; road safety; safety using the internet and mobile phones; and having someone to turn to.

We asked the University of Manchester to evaluate our SAFE pack and look at whether people found it useful.

A British Sign Language (BSL) video of this report is available from the University of Manchester website.

Authors: Alys Young, Katherine Rogers and Rosemary Oram
Published: 2014

Key findings

  • People who used SAFE felt it had a positive impact on deaf children and young people.
  • SAFE also had a positive impact on the people who delivered the sessions because it improved their own knowledge and awareness.
  • The topics of growing up, relationships, feelings and bullying were seen as most useful.
  • The topics of personal safety indoors, outdoors and road safety were least used
  • Strengths included the flexibility of the SAFE pack and the way in which young people were used to present information. Signposting and resources were areas that could be improved upon..
  • Content needs to be kept up-to-date, especially around internet and mobile phone safety.
  • Any future developments of SAFE should fit with mainstream curricula and have a digital/online format 

The findings need to be treated with caution as they are based on a relatively small sample of people who agreed to take part in the evaluation. 

Please cite as: Young, A., Rogers, K. and Oram, R. (2014) An evaluation of the NSPCC’s SAFE:  personal safety skills for deaf children pack: summary report. Manchester: University of Manchester.

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