Working with children and organisations throughout the Highlands of Scotland
Safe Strong and Free believes that every child has the right to grow up safe, strong and free and that preventing sexual assault and exploitation of children is the responsibility of the whole community.
We deliver a set of three interactive puppet workshops in nurseries for all children in Highland in their pre-school year, linking to Curriculum for Excellence outcomes.
Primary school workshops
Following on from our series of pre-school workshops, we deliver workshops to primary school classes to reinforce the key messages about bullying, strangers and secrets.
Bullying awareness workshop
Our bullying awareness workshop covers attitudes to bullying, bullying behaviours and causes of bullying, prejudice-based bullying, the impact of bullying and how to respond to bullying behaviour.
Professional resources for professionals, parents and children - aimed at informing and educating on key protection topics.
Who we help
The Safe Strong and Free project (SSF) is a primary abuse prevention programme. It is a Highland charity which aims to reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault. The main themes we teach are respect, assertiveness, co-operation, things that should not be kept secret and that it is ‘always right to tell’.
Our main method is workshops, which teach children serious things in a fun way.
They don’t mention terms such as ‘sex’ or ‘abuse’, or what could happen if a stranger takes a child. Rather than frightening children, they focus on empowering children with tools to stay safe and the knowledge that their body belongs to them. This develops basic, effective strategies for assertiveness and resistance in the children who participate.
Children attend a series of interactive puppet workshops to teach them strategies that will help them stay safe if they encounter bullying, an approach from a stranger, or an unwanted/inappropriate approach from an adult they know. They are then given short storybooks that reinforce the messages.