The Underwear Rule

Help keep your child safe – talk PANTS and you’ve got it covered.

Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse. It’s a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.

The NSPCC has simple guides for parents (PDF) and for children (PDF) to help you talk PANTS with your child. They’ve also got guides for children and parents with learning disabilities, with autism and in different languages, as well as guidance for foster carers (PDF) – Visit the NSPCC website for more information or download the guides on this page.

Talk PANTS and you’ve got it covered

PANTS is a really easy way for you to explain the Underwear Rule to your child:

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help