PM David Cameron goes back to school

Our school service teaches over 1 million children how to stay safe from abuse

David Cameron at front of assembly

Today, David Cameron attended our Speak out Stay safe assembly in action. Since we started in 2011, our assemblies have reached over 1 million children across the UK.

Mr Cameron was joined by NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless as they met head teacher Ian Moore and pupils from Eynsham Community Primary School.

Our volunteers have visited more than 15,000 primary schools, aiming to give a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

"Children who suffer abuse often don't recognise what is happening to them is wrong. In many cases abuse has been going on for some time before they find the courage to speak out."
Peter Wanless / NSPCC Chief Executive

David Cameron and Peter WanlessDavid Cameron, Prime Minister said:
"It was very encouraging to speak with the pupils today about what they have learned from the NSPCC 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' assembly.

"Building children's understanding of abuse and neglect will empower them to stay safe.

"The Government is absolutely committed to preventing these terrible crimes and ensuring every child gets the support they need. That is why we have set up the first ever Ministerial Child Protection Taskforce to overhaul the way police, schools, social services and others work together in tackling this abuse."

How it works

Speak out Stay safe is delivered by trained NSPCC staff and volunteers. Teachers are present throughout the assembly so everyone's familiar with the topics covered after the visit.

We hold an assembly presentation for children aged 5-11, followed by a 1 hour classroom workshop for children in years 5/6 (England and Wales) and P6/7 (Scotland and Northern Ireland). We can also deliver the assembly bilingually in Wales.

Before the assembly, we can talk to you about any specific needs and requirements pupils may have. We've also adapted our programme for special schools.

The programme links directly to the curriculum, helping schools meet their statutory requirements.

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