On Thursday 18th May the children of Toftwood Infant and Toftwood Junior Schools attended an assembly led by Hayley Kidd, the NSPCC Schools Organiser for Norfolk.
Both schools are committed to ensuring all children feel safe and know what to do if they do not, or if they have any concerns or worries in their lives. With the help of Buddy the mascot, Hayley shared information on things that may harm us or make us feel worried and encouraged the children to think about situations in their lives that are not OK. Some examples shown were when adults are using loud arguing voices that may be upsetting, or when a child is feeling unsafe because they are left on their own, or hungry because they do not have enough food to eat. Hayley talked to the children about which adults they could talk to in school and at home if they are worried or sad about something that affects their lives. All children are encouraged to ‘speak out and stay safe’. Information about the NSPCC was given to staff, and all the children received a “Speak out. Say safe” sticker to take home.
The NSPCC offer a schools’ service which involves providing resources for schools to use at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with key safeguarding messages for children. Their message is that it is vital that every child in every primary school across the UK understands abuse in all its forms, recognises the signs of abuse and gets help if they need it. This is a commitment that Toftwood Infant and Junior school also share and have been discussing with the children in lessons and in assemblies too.
Parents and carers can see information about the campaign and the work of the NSPCC and how to report a concern they may have about a child being abused by looking on the NSPCC website. There is a link on the Infant School website too.