Speak out. Stay safe
1 in 5 children in the UK have suffered abuse, robbing them of their childhood. That’s why we're visiting primary schools across the UK and Channel Islands to give children the knowledge they need to stay safe from harm and to speak out if they’re worried.
How does it work?
Our specially trained staff and volunteers hold interactive assemblies and workshops. With the help of our mascot, Buddy, we cover topics like bullying and abuse, but without using any scary words or adult language.
We give a presentation in assembly for children aged 5-11. Pupils learn about the different types of abuse, in a child-friendly and age appropriate way, so they can get help if or when they need it. We help them identify a trusted adult 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.
"I liked how it's telling us if that [abuse] ever happens to us, what exactly we should do about it."
Year 5 pupil
This is followed by a 1-hour classroom workshop for children in Years 5 and 6 (England and Wales) and P6 and 7 (Scotland and Northern Ireland). Together, we explore the topics in more detail using engaging exercises to look at different situations and decide what's OK and what's not OK.
Teachers are present throughout so everyone's familiar with the topics covered.
"My daughter came home empowered and enlightened because of your assembly and your powerful message. She was singing the helpline number all evening and talking about Buddy. Thank you for taking your important message to the children. It is truly amazing and effective work that you do."
Tosin / parent
Parent workshops with O2
We deliver online safety parent workshops, in partnership with O2, to primary schools across the UK.
If your primary school is part of the Speak out Stay safe programme you can book a session for us to come to your school and deliver an hour-long session to help parents and carers keep their family safe online.
Become a volunteer
Join us in protecting a generation of children against abuse, one primary school at a time. Play your part and help keep children safe.
Safeguarding and child protection in schools
Our NSPCC Learning site has advice, training and resources for teachers, schools and colleges.
Request a Speak out Stay safe visit
We're protecting a generation of children against abuse, one primary school at a time. Get in touch if you'd like us to visit your primary school.
What children and teachers think about Speak out Stay safe
We're evaluating Speak out Stay safe to help us understand what children and teachers think of the programme. Visit our NSPCC Learning site to find out more.
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