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MS urges North Wales’ schools to use NSPCC resource to reduce risk of children suffering sexual abuse

An MS is urging schools across North Wales to make use of an NSPCC resource to reduce the risk of children suffering sexual abuse

Llŷr Gruffydd, who represents the region in the Senedd, said the children’s charity’s free bilingual Talk PANTS (Siarad PANTS in Welsh) said that it’s important children learn that “their body belongs to them”. 

Mr Gruffydd, of Plaid Cymru recently met the NSPCC’s friendly dinosaur mascot, Pantosaurus, at the Senedd.

Talk PANTS was developed in consultation with children, parents, carers and teachers.

It was designed to help children understand their body belongs to them, and that they should tell a safe adult they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

The resources include a book, Pantosaurus and the Power of Pants (Pantosorws a phŵer y PANTS in Welsh), which has been translated and delivered to every nursery, primary school and library in Wales.

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The book enables the charity to reach and help more children than ever and keep them to reduce the risk of suffering sexual abuse.

This includes using the NSPCC resources, having a Talk PANTS lessons, creating a Talk PANTS display, and taking part in an online competition with the chance to win a PANTS bag and book. 

Llyr Gruffydd MS said: “A simple conversation can make a real difference to children’s lives and help them reduce the risk of suffering sexual abuse

“That’s why I am urging primary schools across North Wales to make use of the fantastic Talk PANTS resources they have been sent by the NSPCC. Their resources are a great way of getting the conversation started. 

“The scheme has been created to help children understand their body belongs to them, and no one else.

“It’s also important that they know that they should tell a safe adult they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.”

For more information visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

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