Stay Safe Programme

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                               14/05/18

All classes will be taking part in the Stay Safe Programme over the remaining weeks of this school term.

The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools and is an important part of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum.  It is mandatory for all schools to teach the Stay Safe Programme. see the Department of Education & Skills Primary Circular 0065/2011)  Its overall objective is to prevent child abuse, bullying and other forms of victimisation.

The programme develops children’s ability to recognise, resist and report risk situations or abusive encounters by teaching children…

  • To identify for themselves unsafe or upsetting situations
  • Simple rules to help them avoid abuse
  • To respect and value the rights of others
  • The language and skills they require to seek help.

The programme also informs parents and teachers about preventing bullying and child abuse, whilst seeking to create a greater public awareness about the problems children can and do experience.

As the most important people in a child’s life it is essential that parents/guardians are involved in the programme. It’s been shown that programmes like Stay Safe are most effective when parents/guardians are actively involved in the process.

Worksheets to accompany the lessons may be given as homework to your child or may be brought home for you to sign.  It’s important that you use these to discuss the content of the lesson with your child. Doing so will give you an insight into what your child is learning and present an opportunity to discuss the issues involved in a way more personal than is possible in the classroom situation. It also gives you an opportunity to discuss personal safety issues with your child and to explain the safety rules that exist in your family. Children have sometimes used the worksheets to tell their parents/guardians about problems.

We strongly recommend that you::

  • Make sure you’re familiar with the lesson topics. These can be accessed at http://www.staysafe.ie/parent_ss_less.htm
  • Talk to your child about the programme. Explain that the programme will teach them how to keep safe
  • Decide on a time to set aside for discussion of the worksheets.

If you have any questions or concerns about the programme, please contact your child’s class teacher before Thursday 17th May.

Thank you,

K Devine

 

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