NSPCC launch their first ever children’s book - ‘Pantosaurus and the Power of PANTS’ – which aims to help families have simple conversations with their children to help keep them safe from sexual abuse.
The new book is based on the ‘Talk PANTS’ campaign which will help children learn about the ‘PANTS’ rules. Each letter of PANTS provides a simple but valuable rule - that their privates parts are private, their body belongs to them, and that they should tell an adult they trust if they’re worried or upset.
‘Pantosaurus and the Power of PANTS’ will read about Pantosaurus getting a new pair of pants and Dinodad tells him that they will give him special powers. Pantosaurus then experiences a problem at school and just as Dinodad told him, his super pants give him the power to speak up.
Research conducted by NSPCC found that 1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused. Through ‘PANTS’, the charity is working to make sure that all children have the vital language that they need to speak out to a trusted adult.
Game of Thrones star and NSPCC ambassador, Natalie Dormer, voices the audio book commented: “It is an honour to be the voice of the ‘Pantosaurus and the Power of PANTS’ audio book and work with the NSPCC on their mission to fight for every childhood. I have watched my nieces & nephews respond so well to the Pantosaurus song and as a new parent myself, my thoughts have turned to how important it is going to be to have these conversations. The book is a great way to make it feel natural and fun. I encourage all parents, carers and teachers to get a copy.”
Margaret Gallagher, NSPCC Service Head of Local Campaigns added: “We’re so excited to launch our first Talk PANTS storybook, featuring our friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus.
“This bright and playful picture book is perfect for reading with younger children and not only will they love Pantosaurus and his roarsome story, it’s also a fantastic tool for parents and carers to spark conversations with their little ones to help keep them safe.”
PANTS stands for...
Privates are Private
Always remember your body belongs to you
No means no
Talk about secrets that upset you
Speak up, someone can help
The book, written by Rebecca Girlings and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway and Jamie Nash, is available now.
For more information, visit: www.nspcc.co.uk