An Information Evening on the Department of Education’s Stay Safe programme will be given by Eimear Berry on Wednesday 1st May at 8pm.
The Stay Safe programme itself is a personal safety skills programme designed for use with primary school children from Junior Infants through to 6th class. The programme seeks to enhance children’s self-protective skills by participation in lessons on safe and unsafe situations, bullying, inappropriate touch, secrets, telling and stranger danger. The programme aims to give children the skills necessary to enable them to recognise and resist abuse/victimisation and teaches them that they should always tell (an adult that can help) about any situation which they find unsafe, upsetting, threatening, dangerous or abusive.
Parental Involvement is an essential part of the Stay Safe programme. The main aim of the meeting is to outline how parents can improve their children’s outcomes by involving themselves in the programme through discussing the topics as they arise with their child. Parents are also provided with information on child abuse and bullying, the contents of the Stay Safe classroom lessons and the key messages for children. The importance of building self-esteem, communicating with and listening to children is emphasised. Parents are also informed of the DES reporting procedures for schools.