Young DeafHope from SignHealth have welcomed a new BSL video from the NSPCC children’s charity. The short film in sign language teaches Deaf children and their parents the “Underwear Rule”.
The rule is a simple way for children to understand when they should ask for help from an adult, and the sorts of secrets they should never keep to themselves. It’s designed to give parents an easy way to start a conversation about a difficult and important subject.
Lynn Shannon, the manager of Young DeafHope, says, “this is an excellent resource to make Young DeafHope clients more aware of the issues around sexual exploitation. It will also help Deaf parents to more fully explain to their children (deaf or hearing) the issues of sexual exploitation, and to help keep them safe”.
The NSPCC say that Deaf children are three times more likely than hearing children to be abused.
“Research indicates that deaf children are more vulnerable to abuse due to communication barriers and we need to make sure they know the areas of their bodies that are private and where they can seek help if they need to”, says Jon Brown of the NSPCC.
Watch the NSPCC video here
Young DeafHope from SignHealth works with children of secondary school age. It helps them to recognise and avoid abuse, and to have healthy relationships which keep them safe.
You can find out more about the “Underwear Rule” on the NSPCC website.