STAY SAFE ..Part of SPHE Curriculum

http://www.staysafe.ie/teachers/resources.htm

SPHE and the Stay Safe Program

We would like to share some information on the Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum (S.P.H.E.) and on how it is taught in our school. The S.P.H.E. curriculum is divided into three strands –  Myself, Myself and Others, Myself and the Wider World. Each strand is further subdivided into strand units, with learning objectives for each unit. Aspects of all three major strands will be taught each year and strand units will be organised so that pupils will receive a comprehensive programme in S.P.H.E. over a two-year cycle at their class level.

Five strand units will be taught each year and all class levels will explore the same strand unit over a two-month period, after which a new unit will be taught until all ten strand units have been covered over a two-year period.

 The Stay Safe programme is part of the Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum and all primary schools are required to teach it as part of the strand unit, Safety and Protection. In our school classes from First to Sixth will be taught the programme in September/ October and Infant Classes will  commence it in November.

The aim of the Stay Safe programme is 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 experience at some stage or other, e.g. 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.

Co-operation between parents and teachers is essential to the success of the programme. It is important that parents 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. You can also familiarise yourself with the content of the Stay Safe lessons at www.staysafe.ie/teachers/resources.htm

Please email the school, info@saintbrigids.ie  if you require further information.

 

Stay Safe Policy

Stay Safe Policy

Rationale:

St. Brigid’s N.S., Beechpark Ave., Castleknock teaches the Stay Safe Programme, a teaching package designed for use in Irish primary schools. It was researched and developed by the Child Abuse Prevention Programme. The principal aim of the programme is to prevent both physical and sexual abuse of children. 

Under Child Protection Guidelines all schools are obliged to teach the Stay Safe Programme. The Stay Safe Programme has been updated and the revised Stay Safe Programme has been implemented in our school this year (2018).

The Stay Safe Programme is taught as part of the S.P.H.E. (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum and it will be taught every year during the first term as part of the S.P.H.E. strand unit of Self Identityduring Year 1 and Safety and Protectionduring Year 2. Lessons from the RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education) programme and The Walk Tall Programme will also be used to cover all the strands of the S.P.H.E. curriculum.

Children from junior infants to sixth class participate in formal lessons on the Stay Safe Programme.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to become involved by discussing each lesson with their child and helping their child to complete each worksheet based on the lessons in the programme.

It is considered good practice to inform parents in advance of commencement that the Stay Safe Programme is due to be taughtand to direct them to www.pdst.ie/staysafe for any further information.


In the event that a parent withdraws their child from the Stay Safe Programme a written record of their reasons for doing so will be kept on file.

Staff have been facilitated to attend CPD training in the revised Stay Safe Programme.

This plan was ratified by the Board of Management at a meeting on:

Date: June 2018