Annually, the children receive an assembly from the NSPCC called “Speak Out Stay Safe”.
These assemblies, which feature Ant and Dec, support children to feel empowered - knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.
With the help of their mascot, Buddy the speech bubble, children understand that they have the right to:
These assemblies help children understand about different types of abuse so they can get help if or when they need it.
This includes talking about neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and bullying. It helps children to identify a trusted adult that they can speak to if they are worried about themselves or a friend. They also learn about Childline, and how the service can support them.
Buddy and his friends came to visit the children at Combs last week. The children watched the video and were able to answer questions about online and other forms of abuse. They have a clear understanding of being safe in many ways and who to ask for help, if they need it.
Staff at Combs will refer to this learning throughout the year so the children remain confident in their understanding of safety, abuse and bullying. The children know what makes a good friend and what to do if they are feeling sad or being hurt, in order for it to stop.