How can we inform our children about keeping safe without scaring them?
This is a question for all those with the wellbeing of children at heart, particularly in the light of stories we hear in the media.
We are keen to address issues concerning children’s safety and in the Spring Term we have gained the support of CAP UK (Child Assault Prevention Project), an internationally established school-based programme. The programme has been developed to teach children real strategies to keep them safe and strong. It also enables parents and staff to encourage and reinforce these skills. CAP UK works with over 10,000 children a year in Devon. In the Spring Term they are coming to work with our children. The workshops are drama and discussion based; lively and fun. They aim to reduce fear, build confidence and self-esteem. They tackle the issues of children’s safety with peers, strangers and familiar adults.
All the staff will receive their training on the January non pupil day and the CAP team will be in school for four weeks from 8th January to work with all the children.
So that you can be fully informed about the work of the project there will be a parent’s workshop at school. You will have opportunity to meet the CAP team, view a short film showing a children’s workshop and most importantly talk about ways that together we can keep our children safe.
This subject is so important. A safe and happy childhood lasts a lifetime. I urge you to come along on Thursday 4th January at 2 pm in the school hall.