Of the eight words we use to describe wellbeing, 'safe' is probably the most important. Every child and young person deserves to feel safe from harm and abuse.

We think being safe means:

  • Being with others and friends
  • Having people to talk to
  • Being protected from harm and abuse
  • Having a house to live in
  • Having a stable routine
  • Not feeling defenceless
  • Having rules that make sense – parental controls on the computer
  • Being aware of risks
  • Signposting, speed bumps, seatbelts – know where you’re going
  • Being allowed to make mistakes safely and within reason
  • Having places to get help

Safe in your own words.

Annabel’s poem, urging an end to the bullying that can make some children’s lives a misery really caught the judges' attention.

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Jade imagined what it would feel like if you weren't safe...

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Anna's story imagines how Ben finds the courage to speak to his Named Person when things get really bad at home

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