SPHE - Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum
As part of the SPHE curriculum, the Stay Safe Programme will be taught to all classes during the month of February.
What is Stay Safe?
Stay Safe is a personal safety education programme that aims to teach children personal safety skills so they can look after themselves in situations which could be upsetting or dangerous. It deals initially with common situations which most children will be aware of such as getting lost or being bullied. The programme also teaches children the safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse and emphasises the importance of telling a trusted adult about any problems they have.
The aim of the programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying through the provision of a personal safety education programme for children at primary school level, continuing professional development for teachers, training for Boards of Management and information sessions for parents.
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.
All primary schools are required to implement the Stay Safe programme. Co-operation between parents and teachers is essential to the success of this programme. It is important that parents/guardians are aware of the content of the Stay Safe lessons and are able to discuss the lessons with their children. Your child may bring home worksheets which will inform you on the topics being covered in class and how you can reinforce the messages at home.
Links to Useful Information on the Stay Safe Programme
Click the link to be taken to the PDST's website which will provide parents with comprehensive details on the Stay Safe programme.
You can familiarise yourself with the content of the Stay Safe lessons by logging onto:
Click here to download the Stay Safe, A Parent's Guide booklet.