Schoolchildren taught how to protect themselves

PUBLISHED: 09:17 30 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:17 30 December 2016




A children’s charity taught primary school children in Payhembury how to protect themselves from harm at a ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ assembly.

Payhembury Primary School hosted the NSPCC assembly in an effort to give pupils the tools they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

The assemblies were presented to children aged between four and 11, with content tailored to each age group.

The charity used a visual aid, speech bubble Buddy, to help get the message across.

Colette Hudson, NSPCC school service co-ordinator for Devon, conducted the assemblies earlier in December.

She said: “These assemblies can empower children and give them the understanding they need to recognise the different types of abuse and how to protect themselves from it.

“Buddy helps the children to understand which trusted adults they can speak to – they love him.

“The assemblies are very interactive and the children at Payhembury Primary School were brilliant. It’s fantastic to see them getting involved and having fun.”

The NSPCC aims to reach every child in the country with its ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ assemblies.

So far in Devon they have reached more than 21,000 children.

Nick Bladon, head of Payhembury Primary School said: “I would like to thank the NSPCC for coming to our school. The children found the assemblies and workshops very informative.”

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