Helping more children stay safe with the Talk PANTS message

BWP was proud to be part of a workshop held this week, where people who working with D/deaf * and disabled and autistic children heard how they can use the NSPCC Talk PANTS message to talk to children about staying safe.

The NSPCC, with Sarah Goff from the Ann Craft Trust led the virtual PANTS workshop where they and practitioners discussed current issues, and barriers to communication when talking about sexual abuse to children with a range of needs.

They explored methods and tools available to them to help children better access these key PANTS messages.  Participants will now go on to play a key role in helping to deliver the PANTS campaign messages to the children and families they work with.

 

Rachel Wallace, NSPCC Local Campaigns Manager said: “This was a great workshop. I would like to give a massive thanks to Sarah and the Ann Craft Trust along with all the practitioners who took part. Together, we really explored different communication and engagement methods along with how we can do things differently.

“We know this group of children is more vulnerable to abuse and this workshop was a great space to work with practitioners to find ways to help these children best understand the PANTS rules and for us to help keep them safe.”

Sarah Goff, Development Manager – Safeguarding Young People (Ann Craft Trust) added: “Children and young people are more likely to come and tell us about tricky, sad or unsafe things if they are already used to having chats with us. Children most often talk to friends, teachers and parents; these workshops are about the crucial roles parents can play and how PANTS can be the starting point.”

This was the first in a series of Spring workshops being organised by the NSPCC and Broxtowe Women’s Project as part of Nottingham’s local Talk PANTS campaign.

The Talk PANTS campaign helps parents to explain to children how they can speak out about anything that makes them uncomfortable, and gives them the confidence to do that. Through fun and educational activities, PANTS helps parents to explain to children that

Privates are private, to

Always remember their body belongs to them,

No means no, they should

Talk about secrets that upset them, and

Speak up, because someone can help.

We’ve been talking PANTS since 2013, to ensure children are given this vital information, which is shared using age-appropriate language and a catchy music video by our dinosaur mascot, Pantosaurus.

For more information about Talk PANTS visit www.nspcc.org.uk/talkpants

Alternatively, to find out more about the campaign and future workshops in Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire please email rachel.wallace@nspcc.org.uk

*d/Deaf is a terminology that embraces all children and young people who are within the global definition of deafness. The use of the small ‘d’ is generally children with a form of deafness, who tend to use a range of technology and communication methods, for example hearing aids, cochlear implants, lip reading, speech, and sometimes British Sign Language, but who may not identify themselves as being part of the Deaf Community. The Big ‘D’ represents Deaf children and young people who are culturally Deaf with a strong Deaf identity; they are members of the Deaf Community and use British Sign Language, which is a recognised language with its own syntax and grammar.

 

 

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