22 December 2017

Hundreds of parents, teachers, social workers, and nursery staff have attended workshops, and training sessions as part of the NSPCC and Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board campaign to tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation, ‘it’s not okay’.

The yearlong campaign which began in May 2017 aims to educate children, parents and the wider public about abuse and exploitation, and to improve cross-organisational working in the fight against sexual offences committed against children.

Since it began in May:

  • Over 350 social workers, teachers and nursery workers have attended lunch time training events
  • Thousands of posters and resource packs have been sent out to schools, nurseries and children centres
  • NSPCC and 02 have delivered 18 online safety workshops to parents, teachers and young people
  • NSPCC have delivered  6 PANTS workshops to schools teaching children that their  their body belongs to them

In January the campaign will rollout it’s programme to all Sheffield secondary schools with, a theatre production and workshop for all year seven pupils devised to explore themes of abuse and exploitation.

Schools and people working with children and young people can continue to request training, workshops, resources and the theatre production. For more information visit www.itsnotokay-sheffield.org.uk

Helen Westerman NSPCC campaign manager said: “The response to the campaign has been extremely positive with lots of individuals and organisations getting in touch to find out more about the campaign and access the free workshops and seminars that are available.  A huge thank you to all those who have promoted the campaign with parents, children and young people so far. We have another 6 months of campaigning ahead and would like to keep the momentum so if your school, organisation, club or voluntary group would like a workshop around how to talk to children about staying safe from child sexual abuse or how to keep children safe online, do get in touch.”

Jane Haywood, Independent Chair of Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board said: “This campaign goes to the heart of our work to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse. The support the campaign has gained could not have been predicted and shows that there really is a need for more information and awareness around child sexual abuse.

“It’s Not Okay, builds on our partnership work with colleagues from Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police, health and the voluntary sector to help make sure that children, young people and parents are able to recognise the signs and indicators of child sexual exploitation, as well as raise awareness of the issue with people of all ages across the city, helping to protect future generations.”

Katie Anderson, Safeguarding and Inclusion Manager at Silverdale School (Chorus Education Trust) said: “We were really pleased to welcome representatives from O2 to our Year 7 parents’ evening, where they talked to students and parents about security settings on phones and computers. As well as sharing some top tips, they made follow-up appointments for some families to bring their devices into their Meadowhall store. The feedback from parents was really positive, with many saying they were unaware of some of the online threats. With technology moving so fast, we think it’s important to be talking to parents regularly about online security”.