As a school we place children and child protection issues at the heart of everything we do. Therefore we teach the Stay Safe Programme every year to all our pupils. Our Child Safeguarding Policy states that we will teach the Stay Safe Programme in the 2nd school term every year. A letter will be sent home with the children each year, informing parents that we will be teaching the programme in the coming weeks to the children.
The Stay Safe Programme is a primary school based approach to the protection of children and the prevention of child abuse. The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of a personal safety education programme for children at primary school level, continuing professional development for teachers, training for Boards of Management and information sessions for parents.
The Stay Safe programme itself is a personal safety skills programme designed for use with primary school children from Junior Infants through to 6th class. The programme seeks to enhance children’s self-protective skills by participation in lessons on safe and unsafe situations, bullying, inappropriate touch, secrets, telling and stranger danger.
The programme aims to give children the skills necessary to enable them to recognise and resist abuse/victimisation and teaches them that they should always tell (an adult who they trust) about any situation which they find unsafe, upsetting, threatening, dangerous or abusive.
The Stay Safe Programme is available for all parents to view on: