Protective Behaviours at St. Anne’s Catholic Academy
St. Anne's is part of a county wide initiative to keep children safe - Protective Behaviours.
Protective Behaviours is a practical approach to personal safety. It is a program that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by teaching children to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection.
The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life that satisfies the need for fun and excitement without violence and fear. Every year each child in our school is given four sessions following the 'Taking Care' model. The sessions are around these two key messages: ‘We all have the right to feel safe all the time' and 'There is nothing too awful (or too little) we can't talk about it with someone'.
Please see below for a poster giving advice and warnings signs for 'safe' and 'unsafe' secrets.
The NSPCC run a campaign called PANTS, which helps parents, carers and teachers of 4 - 11 year olds keep children safe from abuse. Like the Green Cross Code, it takes a potentially tricky subject and gives us the tools to talk about it in an engaging and age-appropriate way. Please see the leaflet attached below for further information about the PANTS campaign.