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Information and useful resources from the NSPCC.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. 

The NSPCC offers a wealth of information, training and advice. The Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership acknowledges the work of the NSPCC in schools and encourages the use of the resources on offer. We have a tremendous take up of the NSPCC Speak out Stay safe programme, and work closely with their locally based team to ensure they reach out to all our schools.

Speak out Stay safe (SOSS) - The NSPCC Speak out Stay safe programme (previously assemblies; now an online programme) helps children to understand that they always have a right to feel safe, and that they can speak to a trusted adult or Childline if they ever need help or support. It helps them understand that abuse is never their fault and that they have the right to be safe. An overview of the Speak out Stay safe programme is available on the NSPCC website, and you can find out more about the programme, including how to register and re-register.

NSPCC have also developed a special version of Speak Out Stay Safe specifically designed for schools who work with pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The 6 session programme is designed for use with children who have mild to moderate learning disabilities or who have an autism spectrum condition.  We are also really keen to hear from settings who cater for pupils with more complex needs to talk to them about which of our resources might best suit their pupils needs, or how we can work together to develop something, going forward. 

Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. Get the conversation started with your activity pack. With fun stuff like colouring in, a word search and stickers, this pack will help children learn how to stay safe. PANTS resources for schools are available through the NSPCC website. Please note that the PANTS resource guide is available in different languages and versions, appropriate to support children's diverse needs.

The dedicated and confidential NSPCC helpline 'Report Abuse in Education'  provides both children and adults, who have experienced sexual abuse in schools, with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to. The helpline also provides support to parents and professionals. Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people. The Report Abuse in Education helpline can be reached by telephone: 0800 136 663 or by email at

NSPCC’s online safety guides to the apps and games children can access. This is a useful tool for teachers, parents and carers; keeping them up to date with details of appropriate age and suitability of apps and games to help keep children safe in today's digital world.

The work of the NSPCC increasingly focuses on preventing abuse. So that means it has to do everything it can to understand it and find the best ways to keep children safe. The NSPCC has published the report 'How safe are our children? 2020'

To book a ‘Stay Safe’ event in your school please complete the request form or contact to be put in touch with your local coordinator.  

Fundraising ideas for schools

Childline was launched by Esther Rantzen in 1986 in response to a plea from children who needed help. On its first night, a staggering 50,000 children called the charity.  

Esther commented in 2016 - "In an instant we could see just how essential the service was to the nation's children. Now nearly 30 years later, we still receive a million contacts a year from desperate children and young people who have nowhere else to turn. Childline literally saves lives"

Online Safer Recruitment Training

The NSPCC provides a range of online e-learning courses and face-to-face classroom-based courses to help you safely recruit staff and volunteers into roles working with children and young people. Its courses are suitable for a range of sectors and offer flexible options to suit a variety of learning styles and needs. The safer recruitment course is approved as an ideal refresher/top up for staff whose role it is to help recruit or interview staff in schools. 

NSPCC Harmful Sexual Behaviours Framework 

An evidence-informed framework for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviours.

Harmful sexual behaviour research and resources - Child protection research, leaflets, guidance, evaluations and safeguarding resources on harmful sexual behaviour. Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.

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