Play shows dangers of sexploitation

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Shirebrook students have been shown a play about children being sexually exploited by adults as part of a countywide education and prevention scheme.

Staff and safeguarding professionals were invited to a preview performance of ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ at Shirebrook Academy.

A month-long tour of the play, which is based on the real-life experiences of exploited children, is set to roll out to participating county schools and academies in November.

The 45-minute play is followed by a further 45 minutes of questions and answers and discussion about sexual exploitation.

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire are jointly organising the initiative.

Christine Cassell, independent chairman of Derbyshire Safeguarding Children’s Board, said: “We are educating youngsters and giving them the tools to make informed choices to reduce their risk of exploitation and let them know what to do if they are in danger.

“We are keen to provide on-going education to support children and prevent problems from developing.”

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “We are determined to support students and staff across Derbyshire to help prevent child sexual exploitation.

“By highlighting awareness of the risks in a relevant way we’re hoping to help young people successfully deal with potentially harmful situations.”

For more info contact Amanda Clarke, Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board manager, at Amanda.Clarke@derbyshire.gov.uk or Debbie Peacock, Child Protection Manager, on 01629 531079.