ESMS Leads the Way on Student Safeguarding

Posted on 03rd May 2023 in The Junior School

This term, 16 ESMS Junior School teachers staff received their NSPCC Keeping Yourself Safe From Abuse trainer certificates, making ESMS the first independent school in the UK to be delivering our own teacher led safeguarding workshops.

The first of our teacher-led workshops with Primary 6 and Primary 7 were held last week, covering important information to help keep our children safe, particularly online. Lessons with the rest of ESMS Junior School will follow over the course of this term.  

Speak out. Stay safe. is an NSPCC safeguarding programme that aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse in a child friendly way. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a trusted adult or to Childline. The children also watch an online assembly, delivered in a fun and interactive way, with the help of the NSPCC mascot ‘Buddy’ and special guest appearances from Ant and Dec. Some of the topics covered have already been explored by the students during our Learning for Life RSHP lessons, earlier in the year.

Mike Kane, ESMS Junior School, said:

“Speak out. Stay safe is a great progamme run by NSPCC, covering some difficult but important subjects, in a fun and engaging way. We were keen to have our own teachers delivering the workshops themselves because they already have such a strong relationship with the children and are best placed to make sure all the children feel comfortable and enjoy the session. I’m delighted that we were able to launch these workshops this term. The Primary 6 and Primary 7 workshops went really well and we are looking forward to rolling them out across the rest of the school.”

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