A ‘Speak out Stay Safe’ assembly and workshop was held at Ogmore Vale Primary School as part of NSPCC’s delivery of safety measures to children across Wales and the UK. Entirely funded through fundraising activities for the NSPCC, the scheme is offered to the school at no cost.
Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies AM was invited to the school to learn first-hand about how NSPCC Cymru are teaching children to speak out and stay safe from abuse.
Launched in 2011, children at more than 1,500 schools in Wales have so far received safety messages on how to speak out about abuse from specially-trained NSPCC staff and volunteers along with Buddy, the service’s mascot. Last year (2017-18) alone, the NSPCC visited 18 primary schools in Bridgend County and 27 in Rhondda Cynon Taff reaching 3,152 and 5,656 children respectively.
Mr Irranca-Davies who is also the Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care said: “The NSPCC has a long-established, excellent reputation for their work in protecting and listening to children and I was delighted to meet representatives from NSPCC Cymru at Ogmore Vale Primary School to hear about their ‘Speak out Stay safe’ service. The pupils, staff and support staff of the school seem to be settling nicely into the new school term and I thank them for their warm welcome.
NSPCC Cymru and the Welsh Government have shared priorities in working towards better outcomes for children in Wales and we all have a moral responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of our children.”
The AM was joined at the primary school by the Ogmore Vale ward member from Bridgend County Borough Council Cllr Dhanisha Patel, also the cabinet member for wellbeing and future generations, and representatives from NSPCC Cymru.
Des Mannion, the head of NSPCC Cymru, 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.”
For details on the ‘Speak out, Stay safe’ service, visit learning.nspcc.org.uk/services/speak-out-stay-safe
Adults concerned about the wellbeing of a child can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or go to nspcc.org.uk
Children can contact Childline with any concerns on 0808 1111, use the app or online at childline.org.uk