Policy on the Teaching of the Stay Safe Programme
In line with Circular 0081/2017 and “Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post – Primary Schools 2017, All Primary Schools are required to fully implement the Stay Safe Programme.
It is the policy of St. Laurence’s National School to teach the Stay Safe Programme in all classes, every year.
The programme will be entered under the S.P.H.E. allocation on each teacher’s timetable.
The Stay Safe Programme is taught with the prior approval of the Board of Management.
Stay Safe will not just be taught in a stand alone fashion but will be integrated into the wider context of religious and moral education and the school ethos in general, it will be delivered in context of the standard of behaviour and discipline which we seek to put into practice.
The aims of Stay Safe Programme are:
- To give children the skills necessary to enable them to recognise and resist abuse/victimisation.
- To teach children that they should always tell an adult about any situation which they find unsafe, upsetting, threatening, dangerous or abusive.
- To develop children’s self-esteem, assertiveness and self protective skills.
- 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
Stay Safe will be taught to all classes by the class teacher in their own classroom. Worksheets may be used to reinforce lesson content and also to aid Parents with home discussion.
The partnership approach between Parents and Teachers is essential to ensure that our children learn the language and skills they need to keep safe.
(The general themes of the Stay Safe Programme will be covered in all classes, as part of the S.P.H.E. Programme through “Circle Time etc.)