The Department of Education commissioned the NSPCC to carry out research on the delivery of "keeping safe" messages within the primary sector. The research sought to establish with all stakeholders (children, parents, teachers and school staff) their understanding of "keeping safe" and then with each group consider what might be required to underpin an effective safeguarding programme.
The main findings are that children's understanding of "keeping safe" needs broadened beyond physical safety and accident prevention and that teachers and other school staff, working across all school types, reported feeling ill at ease and a lack of confidence with regard to teaching sensitive messages around child abuse, bullying and domestic violence.
An information pack, containing 5 separate reports on the different elements of the research and a summary report issued to all primary schools in the week commencing 21 November 2011.
A copy of the summary report is attached at the link below:
The following detailed reports are available from the NSPCC website at the link below:
- Establishing the need to teach "keeping safe" messages in primary schools in Northern Ireland: What do children currently know and understand?