NSPCC Schools Service - SEND Speak Out. Stay Safe. Programme

Speak Out. Stay Safe. SEND Programme for Schools

This programme is for schools who work with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The programme provides support and resources to help you deliver messages to your pupils about what abuse is and which trusted adults they can turn to for help.

We provide access to resources including session plans, films and printable supporting materials, all of which use our friendly speech bubble mascot called Buddy. Your local NSPCC Schools Service Schools Coordinator can support your school to deliver the programme by briefing school staff at the start, and gathering feedback and learning at the end.

The materials are aimed primarily at pupils in Years 5 and 6 (England and Wales), but they can be adapted for use with older pupils too.

What is Speak out. Stay safe. SEND?

The six-session programme has been developed jointly by the NSPCC and Image in Action, a specialist organisation with over 30 years of experience working with pupils with learning disabilities. The focus is for children to understand what abuse is and to feel supported and able to talk to trusted adults about any worries. It uses the concept of a safe circle to help pupils understand which trusted adults they can turn to.

The materials are aimed at children aged approximately 9 to 11 with moderate learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions and other additional learning needs, however they may be suitable for a wider group of ages and needs. We understand that pupils will have varying needs and abilities and will respond to different methods, materials and strategies, so the programme can be adapted easily to suit your pupils and maximise their learning.

Speak out. Stay safe. will fit with the curriculum and covers these themes within the PSHE Planning Framework for pupils with SEND: Self-awareness, Self-care, Support and safety, Managing feelings, Changing and growing and Healthy lifestyles.

The SOSS SEND/ASN/ALN programme is flexible:

There are 6 sessions. Each session has a summary sheet, lesson plan, list of resources, scripts for stories plus additional activities per session to support learning.

  • Sessions can be repeated or split into smaller sessions, but they are designed to be delivered in order as learning builds throughout.
  • The programme can be adapted easily to meet the needs and abilities of your pupils.
  • The programme will fit with the curriculum in many schools.

Model of Delivery:

  • NSPCC supports the school by briefing school staff at the start and gathering feedback and learning at the end. The school delivers the programme.

What you need to do next:

  • If you would like to deliver this programme in your school please contact your local Schools Coordinator Tina Sheehy who will provide you with further information and guidance.

Who to contact

0113 8871103 0113 8871103
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