Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, is delighted to announce that he is once again funding a national theatre production company to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
Last year, the powerful play ‘Chelsea’s Choice’, produced by not-for- profit organisation AlterEgo Creative Solutions, was shown in schools across the county and had an extremely positive effect.
More than 6,500 students saw the play, and of those surveyed, over 99% said they had a far better understanding of the issues involved then they had before watching the play, with 98% saying that they now understood that boys, as well as girls, can be victims of grooming and sexual exploitation too.
Cumbria Constabulary say the objectives of the project are to:
- Raise awareness amongst young people of the issues surrounding CSE
- Raise awareness and understanding of the varying forms that CSE can take
- Raise awareness and understanding of ‘The Grooming Process’ and the differing
- forms that it can take
- Promote an understanding of and a desire for Healthy Relationships
- Promote safe internet use
- Sign-post relevant advice and service providers
Speaking about Chelsea’s Choice, Peter McCall said:
Detective Chief Inspector Gemma Hannah said: