NSPCC and Walsall Safeguarding Children Board earlier this year team up to deliver the PANTS campaign, supporting and encouraging parents to talk to children aged 4-11 about staying safe from sexual abuse.
Many parents already talked to their children about things like crossing the road safely, and talking to them about staying safe from sexual abuse is just as easy with the PANTS activity pack. The pack contains fun tasks, word searches, games and stickers, which can help them learn without using any scary words.
The PANTS tools and resources give parents clear and simple ways to open these conversations in a child-friendly way. The key messages for children are:
– Your body belongs to you.
– You have the right to say no.
– You should talk to an adult if you have a secret that upsets them.
Ally Sultana, the NSPCC’s Midlands Campaigns Manager, said: “With the support of the Safeguarding Children’s Board we can reach more families and professionals, offering them our support and knowledge. By working with some harder to reach communities across the borough we can make sure as many children as possible are kept safe.”
The first phase of the year-long campaign focused on embedding the PANTS resources within primary schools and Early Years settings, at the same time offering workshops to parents and carers connected to these settings.
The NSPCC will also use established community networks to speak to targeted groups with tailored information. Fostering and adoptive parents, families of children with disabilities and families where English is not the first language will all be reached.
Any questions, please contact Ally Sultana at email@example.com .