The NSPCC has launched a new safeguarding animation to help adults who work with children to respond supportively at the moment a child chooses to disclose and to interact and communicate in a way that helps children feel listened to. The animation outlines the key interpersonal skills that adults should use when a child discloses abuse and/or neglect.
You can watch the animation now at www.nspcc.org.uk/listen.
This animation complements the safeguarding poster and briefing paper that the NSPCC launched earlier this year. The poster outlines the key interpersonal skills that adults should use when a child discloses abuse and/or neglect. The short briefing paper gives more background to the project and outlines the insights that were used to develop the content for the poster.
All three resources are now available in English and Welsh at www.nspcc.org.uk/listen
By downloading and displaying this poster you can help keep interpersonal skills at the forefront of adults' minds when they're talking to children and in turn, provide children with a better disclosure experience. Once you've downloaded the poster, make sure it's displayed in places where adults will be able to see it- for example in staff rooms, toilets, changing rooms, lifts, the inside page of a notebook, or in store/kit rooms. It's visual and memorable and has been purposefully designed to be understood by young people too. You could also use the animation in safeguarding training sessions.
Together, these resources are designed to help adults who work with children to feel confident in responding to disclosures. With disclosures being a long and complex journey, it's essential we're there every step of the way for children and young people.
First published 17 July 2019