School Children learn to 'Speak out. Stay safe.'
The NSPCC delivered a very special message to children at the Ashbourne Hilltop Infant and Nursery School. Jim Adams and Gill Bell led an assembly for the Keystage 1 children, introducing them to a character called 'Buddy'. 'Buddy' is used to help deliver their 'Speak out. Stay safe' programme, a scheme the NSPCC has been doing for some time to Keystage 2 children. This year they have adapted the presentation to suit the younger Keystage 1.
'Buddy' helps to reinforce to the children their right to be safe and happy and to encourage the sharing of any worries with trusted grown ups.
Hazel Jaques, the schools Head Teacher, said, "This was an important visit, adding great support to our own safeguarding work. The speakers managed to get a tricky message across to our children and I'm sure 'Buddy' will help them to remember the visit."
The schools website has further details about safeguarding, including a number of links containing useful information for parents and children. Hazel Jaques added, "Any parent can take a look, use the links and also see what we are doing in relation to safeguarding."