The Dot Com programme is a universal safeguarding tool and is delivered in schools using age appropriate journals – based on the cartoon character Dot Com and her friends.
These journals offer schools an up to date programme of work that can be taught by teaching assistants during teachers’ planning, preparation and assessment time or as part of the curriculum. The programme is also designed to teach British values, a new demand on schools.
Through the journals, children are introduced to characters from different backgrounds and family groups and of differing abilities and skills. The characters enable children – through being one-step removed – to speak out on issues they may face in their day-to-day life.
Lessons are designed to be age appropriate and embed the key themes of:
- Personal safety
- Respect for yourself and others,
- Children’s rights and responsibilities,
- Good decision making and the importance of communication.
Throughout the Dot Com programme, children are taught three core messages:
- we all have the right to feel safe all the time
- others have the right to feel safe with me
- we can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small.
The programme covers a wide range of issues, including: child abuse, CSE, domestic violence, gang culture, knife and gun crime, terrorism / Prevent, internet safety and bullying. Further, it is recommended by the Home Office for the prevention of female genital mutilation.