Photograph (Felix Jaehn Remix) Ed Sheeran
6 November 2014, 09:04
Thousands of school children in Derbyshire are going to be shown how easily they can become a victim of child exploitation.
Over the next 6 weeks, a play about sexual grooming is going to 72 schools.
Actors will show real-life experiences of exploited children and students can talk about what they've seen afterwards.
Some of the children to watch the play first go to The Bolsover School, who told Capital it was very realistic.
Christine Cassell, Independent Chair of both Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards, said:
'This is an important part of the work we are doing in Derby and Derbyshire to protect children and young people.
'We hope this play will raise students' awareness and understanding and help reduce their risk of sexual exploitation by giving them knowledge of how to act and who to speak to if they feel they are in danger.
'Our work is particularly relevant given the recent high profile cases across the country.'
Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles:
'The more knowledge we can give children the less chance there is of them becoming a victim to predatorial abusers.
'It's a depressing fact that the depraved individuals who abuse children rely on their innocence and the great thing about Chelsea's Choice is that it covers a difficult subject with sensitivity, to good effect.