An introduction to the use of Protective Behaviours to support anti-bullying work – Thursday 6th March 2014


Venue: Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre

This session was delivered by Den McCartney from Safety Net who introduced the key elements that their Children and Young people’s Team uses to help children to deal with bullying with interactive examples of how they use these strategies to keep children safe.

  • Safety Net’s Children and Young People’s Team has been delivering Protective Behaviours through small group and whole class sessions in schools and communities across Brighton and Hove for over ten years.
  • The SNAP (Safety Net Assertiveness Programme) approach teaches children how to use assertive techniques and explore the choices they have using the Stop Think Go safety technique when faced with risky situations such as bullying and peer pressure. Children are also taught how to identify Early Warning Signs and the importance of talking to an adult that they trust if they feel unhappy or unsafe.
  • The Playground Buddy programme uses key elements of Protective Behaviours – such as Early Warning Signs, Helping Hands and Stop Think, Go – to train children to identify when they are feeling unsafe at school and who to talk to about it. The children are encouraged to recognise their own feelings and empathise with those of their peers who may be feeling isolated or upset.
  • Playground Buddies practice how they can support an inclusive playground through role playing how to intervene in basic playground disputes; introducing inclusive playground games and identifying when it is appropriate to seek the help of an adult.

Some Feedback on the session:

Really informative & inspiring;

Loved it. Great info. Great opportunity to network;

Good mixed group of attendees, good to share ideas;

Taking back further understanding to use in our setting.