Safe Strong and Free – Highland Hero Week. Monday 5th March – Sunday 11th March

Calling all superheroes! 

The following update comes from Safe Strong & Free:


Following on from the success of last year, we are delighted to bring you Highland Hero Week. This year we are encouraging nurseries, schools, youth clubs and local businesses to join us by dressing up at work and making a donation or asking your friends and family to sponsor you. All competition entries can be sent to us by email at [email protected], or via Facebook. Looking forward to seeing them all.

We have some fabulous prizes for participants:

  • Weekend Belladrum ticket for 2 adults: Win a Belladrum Festival ticket for being the best dressed-up adult.
  • Family Landmark ticket (2 adults + 2 children): Best dressed-up child (parental permission required).

For more details, download the Highland Hero Week resource pack by clicking here.  

Highland Hero Week – Mon 5th to Sun 11th March

The following blog post comes from our friends at Safe Strong and Free:


We encourage all staff and children to join us by dressing as a Hero and donating £1 to Safe Strong and Free.  Our SSF Heroes will also be out visiting as many nurseries as possible.  Looking forward to celebrating with you.

Add to your diary now! ?

– Laura from Safe Strong and Free

Safe Strong and Free – helping reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault

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 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 took a child. Rather than frightening children, they focus on empowering the children with tools to stay safe and the knowledge that their body belongs to them. These workshops impact basic, effective assertiveness and resistance strategies.

Parents as partners are very important to the work of SSF. Did you know there are parent videos to inform and complement the workshops SSF deliver for 4-year-olds in their early learning and child care settings? Click on http://safestrongandfree.org.uk/ to visit the Safe Strong and Free website, where you can watch short videos for parents on Bullying, Strangers and Secrets and/or download the Parent Resource Pack.

13th – 19th March 2017 is… Highland Hero Week!

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From the 13th to the 19th of March, our friends at Safe Strong and Free  are running “Highland Hero Week”. Here is what they say about it:

“Following on from the success of last year, we are delighted to bring you Highland Hero Week. This year we are encouraging nurseries, schools, youth clubs and local businesses to join us by dressing up at work and making a donation or asking your friends and family to sponsor you. All competition entries can be sent to us by email at [email protected], or via Facebook. Looking forward to seeing them all.”

Click here to download the Highland Hero Week resource pack. 

Safe Strong and Free news update

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Safe Strong and Free have released a video that details some of the amazing work they do to reduce the vulnerability of young children to abuse and assault. SSF have provided more information on their video:

“As many of you will be aware, Safe Strong and Free Highland is an abuse prevention program (the only one of it’s kind in Scotland!) Children attend a program of interactive puppet workshops to teach them strategies to use which 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 story books that reinforce the messages.

This year, the team at SSF have been busy reviewing how they share information about the content of workshops with parents with a view to maximizing awareness. As a result, they’ve moved from Parent Workshops to an on line DVD clip which parents/carers can watch at a time and a place which suits them! The DVD clip, which is just over 7 minutes long, provides an overview of how the SSF staff work with children, the content of children’s workshops and the strategies used. Feedback received from parents who have viewed the DVD in advance of their child attending workshops has been very positive indeed. Why not have a look on the website http://safestrongandfree.org.uk where you’ll find the DVD and a range of downloadable resources for parents, carers, professionals and children which can be used to support the SSF messages after the workshops.”

Safe Strong and Free competition winners and runners-up

Safe Strong and Free recently held a drawing competition for children in the Highlands, with participants drawing someone who they feel safe with. SSF had an overwhelming response to the competition, and received many many amazing entries. After careful consideration of the entries, Connie from Cawdor was awarded first prize – a family voucher to Landmark Adventure Park.

Well done to everyone who entered the competition, and massive congratulations to Connie for her winning entry. Here are some photos of the runners-up:

Diana

Xander

Jessie

 

 

‘Safe Strong and Free’ Charity Football Tournament

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Our friends at Safe Strong and Free have organised a charity 5-a-side football tournament, happening on the 11th of June. If you’re interested in supporting this great cause, clean the mud off your football boots and give Kerry a call on 01463 712669.

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