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Safeguarding: NSPCC resources to support staff dealing with disclosures

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The NSPCC has launched a new safeguarding poster to help adults who work with children to respond supportively in the moment a child chooses to disclose, and to interact and communicate in a way that helps children feel listened to. The poster outlines the key interpersonal skills that adults should use when a child discloses abuse and/or neglect. 

You can download the poster now at nspcc.org.uk/listen.

By downloading and displaying this poster, you can help keep the interpersonal skills at the forefront of adults' minds when they're talking to children, and in turn provide children with a better disclosure experience. You might want to display it in places where adults will see it regularly - for example in staffrooms, toilets or on the inside page of a notebook. It is visual and memorable, and has been purposefully designed to be understood by young people too.

To support this poster, the NSPCC has also written a short a briefing paper that gives more background to the project and outlines the insights that were used to develop the content for the poster. The briefing paper is also available at nspcc.org.uk/listen. These resources are available in both English and Welsh. The NSPCC will also launch an animation to accompany the poster and briefing paper.

Together, these resources are designed to help adults who work with children 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 26 February 2019