Chelsea’s Choice is a theatre production that has toured the country, raising awareness about the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation. The play enables audiences to see how grooming and exploitation can occur in all communities. This is a 40 minute performance, followed by the opportunity for audience members to talk to experts in the field and the actors themselves.
The plays took place on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June 2015 at various venues around the City. Approximately 300 students and 300 community members attended these shows and the feedback was extremely positive!
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child sexual exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.
This can involve a broad range of exploitative activity, from seemingly ‘consensual’ relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes, through to very serious organised crime
The Southampton Local Safeguarding Children Board will ensure through its Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) group that work to combat CSE alongside issues of missing and trafficking is coordinated and effective. This is a link to the MET plan for Southampton. This plan is designed to provide the outline framework for multi agency developments in these crucial child protection and safeguarding activities. It sets out how through our partnership the MET group and its partners will assess and reduce risk, prevent harm, challenge and disrupt activities and provide an enhanced, effective service to reduce the harm and threats posed to children and young people from these issues. The work set out below will be developed into a full action plan by the MET group which will be monitored and reported back to the LSCB at regular intervals.
Hampshire Constabulary has begun two months of pro-active communications aimed at engaging with children vulnerable to, or at direct risk of, sexual abuse and exploitation.
One of the objectives is to help children identify abuse they may be suffering and encourage them to report it directly to the police. Some of the children we’ve already spoken to told us one of the reasons they didn’t come forward was because they thought they were the only one experiencing sexual abuse or exploitation.. Click on the logo for more information and to visit the website.
Where can I find out more?
For more information on this plan contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on CSE issues, see web pages below:
Local Government Association – Resources for CSE
MASH – Tel: 02380 833336
Hampshire Constabulary – Tel: 101
Always call 999 in an emergency
CSE Risk Assessment Tool