NSPCC and Broxtowe Women’s Project team up for Talk PANTS campaign
A popular NSPCC campaign that aims to help keep children safe from sexual abuse has launched in Nottingham.
The Talk PANTS campaign sees Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP), collaborating with the NSPCC to reach out across the community to promote the PANTS rules.
PANTS features cartoon dinosaur Pantosaurus, who highlights the key messages: your body belongs to you; you have the right to say no; and you can talk to an adult if you have a secret that upsets you.
The nine-month campaign was informally launched at a PANTS book reading at Albany Nursery and Infant School in Nottingham, with a special visit from Pantosaurus and NSPCC Schools Service volunteers who read the new story to infant pupils.
Over £46,000 was raised by NSPCC supporters to help the charity create the new Pantosaurus storybook that can be bought from the NSPCC Shop, from Matalan online and in selected stores, as well as selected Blakemore Retail SPAR stores. All profits from the sale of this book will support the NSPCC’s vital work.
Initially, the campaign will support professionals to use the Talk PANTS resources and to raise awareness of consent before working with parents and families in spring and summer 2022. The formal launch will take place at Canalside Heritage Centre on November 10, followed by a Lunch and Learn webinar on 16 November and a panel discussion about consent at the National Justice Museum on November 22.
Rachel Wallace, Midlands Campaigns Manager for the NSPCC, said: “It’s fantastic to launch our Talk PANTS campaign in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Across the UK, we know over 1.5 million parents have already talked PANTS with their children to help keep them safe from sexual abuse and we want to help even more children in the city and the county to access these key messages in a fun, age-appropriate way.
“Bringing Pantosaurus to Albany Infant School today has been a great way to see how positively children engage with the PANTS rules. And reading our new storybook has helped reinforce our messages that privates are private and that children have the right to say no. By working with professionals and parents over the next nine months, we hope the campaign will help many more children to talk PANTS and to feel confident to speak out and get help if they ever need to.”
Chris Harris, Partnership Manager for BWP said: “It was fantastic seeing all of the children engage with the Talk PANTS message through the story, and the incredible Panstosaurus.
“We’re delighted to be working with the NSPCC through this Broxtowe Borough Council funded project to raise awareness of consent and saying no across all age ranges. The event demonstrates that we can talk to children about this incredibly sensitive and important message in a creative and fun way.
“During November, we will also be talking to the public about the NSPCC Talk PANTS campaign at other events, ensuring that we start the preventative discussions that are needed across all age groups.”
For any information about the campaign or events, please contact rachel.wallace@NSPCC.org.uk.