TIPS FOR KIDS: New communication aid will let more kids express themselves

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Abuse is never the child’s fault.

We are here for children across the North East and across the country, so when these young people tell us about their issues, it is important that we recognize the courage they have shown by reaching out and listening.

But what if a child has difficulty communicating?

Our NSPCC colleagues provide support to children in the North East and across the country by visiting primary schools for Talk PANTS – an age-appropriate conversation to help children recognize abuse and give them the confidence to deal with it. talk.

The acronym PANTS spells out advice; Private is private, Always remember your body belongs to you, No means no, Speak the secrets that bother you and Speak, someone can help you.

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Some of your children may already know the PANTS rule thanks to visits from our school department and the Pantosaurus mascot.

But starting this week, a brand new version of the resource will be available in schools and online in Makaton for the first time.

Makaton is a type of sign language developed to help people with communication difficulties talk to others, and will help ensure that elementary school students with communication difficulties can recognize when something is wrong and how to talk about it to somebody.

The Talk PANTS campaign helps protect children from sexual abuse and gives them a voice in difficult situations.

It’s important that when they find their voice, someone is there to listen.

This can be a parent, caregiver or trusted adult, or one of our counsellors.

At Childline, we do everything possible to ensure that children can contact us as they need to.

Our counselors are available by phone and via our website 24 hours a day to offer support whatever issue the children are facing.

Abuse is never a child’s fault, but by helping them understand what abuse can be and how to talk to trusted adults about their concerns, we can help them report it and get help. help faster.