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Safeguarding Support

Keeping your child safe and happy in school is our main priority however, we can also support some important and sensitive conversations at home:

October 2020

 Dear Families,


This term all classes will be discussing the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule in our PSHE or 'connection time' sessions.


During these discussions we will aim to teach our pupils the following important
safety skills without giving explicit information or telling scary stories. We will be
teaching our pupils the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule, using the ‘PANTS’ acrostic, which
is like a green cross code for staying safe from sexual abuse. PANTS stands for:

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  •  No means no
  •  Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

The lessons will introduce a range of ideas, all delivered in a way that’s fully age appropriate.

These include:

  •  “appropriate” and “inappropriate” touching
  •  your child’s right to say no to things that make them feel upset or
    uncomfortable
  •  naming parts of the body
  •  who your child can turn to if they ever feel upset or worried.


If you would like to know more about the NSPCC’s campaign and see how you can
help keep your children safe in partnership with your child’s school, more information
can be found at https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/


If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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