This month we have been raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). This issue remains a very prevalent issue within Devon and Torbay. Staff have been given information on spotting the signs of CSE and in line with the current national campaign we have been encouraging students to ‘say something if they see something’.
On the last day of term, we welcomed the production company, Alter Ego – Creative Solutions who performed a hard hitting theatre production of ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ to all of our year 8 students.
AlterEgo’s ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person’s life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse.
– Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People
Support and guidance for parents is included in this month’s edition of our pastoral care blog.