The children in every class will be taught the Stay Safe programme during the course of the school year. The aim of this programme is to teach children personal safety skills so that they can look after themselves in situations that could be upsetting or dangerous. It deals initially with common situations which most children will experience at some stage or other – e.g. getting lost.
The programme also teaches children the safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse. Children will be taught to tell a trusted adult about any problems that they may have.
The Stay Safe programme is part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum and all primary schools must teach it. Co-operation between parents and teachers is essential to the success of this programme.
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