Keeping children safe is a major part of our responsibilty as a school.We aim to work with parents/carers to equip children with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to make the correct choices in everyday life. In addition we want to guide and support children if they are faced with situations which can make them scared and vulnerable. With this in mind, St. Oswald's is a Kidsafe registered school.
Kidsafe UK is a registered charity (1105179) established and operating in Cumbria, North Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Cheshire. The charity provides training for schools in the delivery of preventative child protection safeguarding programmes for primary school children.
The primary purpose of Kidsafe is to equip children with simple, yet effective skills to keep themselves safe from the various forms of abuse, without shattering their innocence.
The children’s programme is delivered in the classroom setting with active participation from school staff. The course material is always age-appropriate with key messages delivered through the use of a variety of media including song, rhyme and action, puppetry, group discussions and worksheets.
During the programme the children cover a range of topics including, their own feelings (happy/sad), respecting and valuing their own bodies, bullying, computer and internet safety, inappropriate touching and secrets in relation to abuse. Children devise strategies (as a group and as individuals) for keeping themselves safe.
Strategies include the confidence and ability to say ‘NO’ to anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, and children identify their own support network of trusted adults that they can turn to if they are scared or worried about anything.
“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”