Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, visited Llanfaes CP School (in Brecon) to see NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ service in action.
‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ is part of NSPCC’s preventative work on supporting schools and keeping children safe. The service aims to ensure children learn about abuse, how to spot it, how to protect themselves and where to go for help.
Kirsty spent the morning at the school, seeing assemblies and workshops for different age groups.
Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire and the Welsh Government’s Education Minister, said:
“The safety of our young people is absolutely paramount. We have a responsibility to ensure our children can recognise when something isn’t right, feel able to speak up, and know who to talk to.
“This is why plans for Wales’ new curriculum include a strong focus on health and wellbeing, where pupils will learn about influences that can affect them. Schools can access resources such as posters which can be displayed to help children stay safe, and I have also published an action plan for online safety to focus on this increasingly important area.
“The aims of the NSPCC ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme are aims that I fully share. It can be a valuable source of support for our schools and for children, and I really welcomed the opportunity to see it in action.”
Des Mannion, the head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales, said:
“The NSPCC provides age-appropriate information to children in schools about what abuse is and how to speak out about it.
“We know that abuse can be prevented and that children can get help if they speak out. Tens of thousands of children across Wales have already heard this vital message.
“We always need volunteers to help us spread the message, particularly those who are Welsh-speaking, so we can reach every single school in the country.”
The service aims to ensure children up to 11 years old in primary schools learn about all forms of abuse and recognise how to spot it, how to protect themselves and where to go for help. It consists of an assembly presentation for all children at the school, followed by a one hour classroom workshop for children in years five and six. Further information is here: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/services/speak-out-stay-safe/
In 2017/18 more than 465 schools in Wales were visited by NSPCC staff and volunteers with the service, reaching nearly 75,000 children.
In this academic year the service the NSPCC visited nine schools in Powys, delivering its message to more than 1,200 children. In the previous academic year the NSPCC visited 62 schools in Powys, reaching 2,799 children.