Learning to speak out and be safe - trusted adults

In Year 2, the children have been discussing how to share their worries to a trusted adult, both at home and within school. Teaching children how to share any concerns with trusted adults, both inside and outside of school, is an essential life skill.

At school, we create a nurturing environment where children feel safe to express themselves. We encourage open dialogue, whether it’s about a challenging piece of learning or a personal worry. All teachers are happy and available to listen and guide, reinforcing the idea that it is good to share any concerns or worries, regardless of how little or large they may be.

To show the children that they are not alone with their worries and that seeking help is a sign of strength, we created a poster for our classroom. The 5-people posters remind the children of who may be a trusted adult at home and in school, i.e., someone that they can approach to discuss any anxieties that they may have. A further poster was created with sentence stems, to remind the children of how to approach a trusted adult with a problem. As the children grow, these skills will empower them with the tools needed to build their emotional well-being and resilience