Allegations of sexual abuse in football have raised concerns about children’s safety. But how and what should parents say about sexual abuse without frightening their children?
“Parents shouldn’t leave it up to teachers,” says Jon Brown, head of the NSPCC’s sexual abuse policy.
The risks are real and parents should have “simple conversations” with their children from the age of five right through to adulthood, he says, adding that “children who have the words to speak are less likely to be abused”.
“Bath-time, walking home from school or in the car are all opportunities to have that first talk.
“Avoid scary words but say that their body belongs to them, and that they can say no if someone tries to touch them.”