Jon Brown, Head of the NSPCC’s Strategy and Development for Sexual Abuse programme said: “It’s vital we ensure all children – especially those who may be more vulnerable to sexual abuse learn how to recognise right from wrong behaviour.
“This is why we are launching an Underwear Rule guide for parents and children with a learning disability. We need to make sure all children know the areas of their bodies that are private, that their body belongs to them and where they can seek help if they need to. The campaign is already proving successful – 400,000 more parents have now had conversations with their children about keeping safe from abuse and it is even helping to catch sex offenders. However we know there are still vulnerable children out there and with more people than ever before contacting us about sexual abuse we need to do everything we can to protect them.”
‘PANTS’ is an easy accronym to help parents to start conversations with their children about the Underwear Rule, which has now been re-written and designed in easy-read to make it more accessible: Privates are private Always remember your body belongs to you No means no Talk about secrets that upset you Speak up, someone can help
Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, added: “We know that children with a learning disability are often more vulnerable than other children for lots of different reasons.
“When it comes to sexual abuse, it is fundamental that children with a learning disability are taught about appropriate behaviour and that they have the tools to communicate their experiences to their parents. That is why we have worked with the NSPCC to make their existing Underwear Rule guidance more accessible for parents who have a learning disability themselves and parents who have a son or daughter with a learning disability. We hope that it will help parents to keep their children safe.”