Would you like to know more about Child Sexual Exploitation? Attend the Chelsea’s Choice theatre production.

 

 

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Dear Community

Are you a parent, a person who works with young people or just someone who would like to know more about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?   I have been working on a project called Chelsea’s Choice which is a Theatre Production that is being rolled out to Schools and Community Venues in the South Cambs area between the 22nd February and 11th March 2016.  In addition to the Theatre Production you will learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation, know how to spot the signs and be aware of what help and support is out there.   If you are interested in attending the free performance community event, please see the invite below and email me on leanne.fisher@cambs.pnn.police.uk to book your place confirming which event you wish to attend.

Kind Regards

Leanne Fisher – Cambridgeshire Police


Chelsea’s Choice

THEATRE PRODUCTION INVITE

COMMUNITY EVENT

Raising Awareness Around Child Sexual Exploitation

A 40 minute play followed by a 30 minute, actor led discussion for

attendees

South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City (SCCC) Children and Young People’s Area Partnership, South Cambs Crime and Disorder Partnership, Cambridge City Community Safety Partnership and the Drug and Alcohol Team are working together  to bring  a tour of this successful theatre production to South Cambs and the City.  A number of secondary schools in these areas are taking on this performance to show to their year 9/10 students between the 22nd February 2016 and 11th March 2016.  This is to help raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation.  In addition to these events we have two community performances that we are making available to parents, young people, people working with young people and other professionals in the South Cambridgeshire area.  This is so the wider community has the chance to see the performance, be aware of what CSE is, be able to spot the signs of CSE and know what services are out there to support victims and potential victims.

MORE ABOUT CHELSEA’S CHOICE

‘Chelsea’s Choice’ tells the story of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea.  Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, is approached by Gary.  He is older, owns a car and a flat and treats her like an adult.  Unfortunately, he is not what he first appeared to be.  Chelsea’s story is played out and examined by three students and their teacher, who attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented. The play lasts for 40 minutes and is followed by a 30 minute actor led discussion, exploring the themes in the play which include:-

  • Grooming
  • Internet safety
  • Healthy relationships
  • Substance use
  • Identifying risky situations
  • Sexual exploitation

The programme has toured nationally and been commissioned by 24 Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB), including the Cambridgeshire LSCB ‘We feel that the Chelsea’s Choice production is one of the best ways to raise awareness around an issue that can have a damaging effect on young people without them seeing themselves as victims. We feel now that more young people after seeing the production would have the confidence to speak out if they felt that they or their friends where being sexually exploited’                                                                                                                                                               Lincolnshire LSCB

The production toured Cambridgeshire in spring 2014 and was performed to year 9 students.  It was highly rated by school staff, other professionals working with young people and young people themselves. ‘I feel that pupils will remember the messages given as they will remember them from the production.  It was much more effective than any single teacher trying to get those messages over’  ‘It was beneficial for all students and it was given in an unpatronising way which really struck a chord with our students’  ‘I would recommend the play to other young people as it completely changed the way I viewed abuse’ ‘Before seeing the play I did not know about child sexual exploitation’

For more information about Chelsea’s Choice and the production team (Alter Ego)  see www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk

PERFORMANCE DATES AND OTHER DETAILS

Both events will include an introduction to CSE by Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridge County Council; the Performance, an actor lead discussion and a questions and answers session to finish off.  Police Officers/PCSO’s will be in attendance to speak to at the end.  Please note this performance is only suitable for children of 12 years and over. The South Cambridgeshire community performance dates and venues are:-

  • Cambourne – Tuesday the 23rd Feburary 2016 at SCDC Offices, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park. Cambourne. Cambridge  CB23 6EA, starting at 12.30 p.m. finishing around 2.30 p.m.
  • Sawston – Thursday the 3rd March 2016 at the Marven Centre, New Road, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3BP,  starting at 7 p.m. and finishing around  9.00 p.m.

There is no cost to attend, however, spaces are limited. If you wish to attend one of the events please contact Leanne Fisher from Cambs Police to book yourself a place. You will need to confirm your name, email address and which venue you would like to attend.  Alternatively if you require any further information about the events, please contact Leanne. To contact Leanne please email:- Leanne.fisher@cambs.pnn.police.uk  or telephone 01223 497610 or  07850 142430

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