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Drama to drive home message about child sexual exploitation

A hard-hitting child sexual exploitation drama production will be shown as part of a training event for professionals across Warwickshire next week.
'Crashing' is a theatre performance exploring a number of themes raising awareness of child sexual exploitation, a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.  'Crashing' features 'Eddie' and raises awareness of the grooming process and sexual exploitation of boys and young men.
It will help adults who work, or come into contact with young people, by raising awareness of the warning signs and the experiences of children who have been sexually exploited.
Funded by Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe, the theatre performance will be followed by a workshop and the launch of the revised Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board CSE, Missing and Trafficking Strategy, in Warwick on Monday, October 16.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: "Child Sexual Exploitation is happening in Warwickshire but is often hidden from view, so it is vitally important that professionals who work with or have contact with young people understand how to spot the signs and know what they should do to raise their concerns. In particular, there is sometimes a misconception that CSE only involves girls and young women but as the performance demonstrates very effectively, boys and young men are equally susceptible, so it's important to boost awareness and ensure all victims get the right level of help and support."
Councillor Jeff Morgan, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services added "This theatre performance is a very powerful way to emphasise that sexual abuse happens to boys and young men as well as young women.  The multi-agency partnership is delighted that the performance it is being staged here in Warwickshire.  We hope it will prove thought-provoking and help professionals to ensure that some of the most vulnerable in our society are safeguarded."
If Something's Not Right, please call police on 101 or contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) by calling 01926 414144.

Issued: Thursday October 12 2017 12:15 Helen Blake, Corporate Communications



Published 12/10/17