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Five Acres High School

Chelsea's Story Play

On Wednesday 31 March 2021, we will be presenting a virtual play to Y9 students, called Chelsea's Story

The sexual exploitation of children across the UK has been in the news, in light of the issues in Rotherham, Rochdale, Swindon and Bristol, and continues to be a concern.

Dangers can come from the any area of children’s lives, the internet and social networking sites such Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat but also through friendship groups and people known to the young people themselves.

We also know that the best protection we can give to young people is knowledge of the dangers so that they are aware and can protect themselves, as well as letting them know where they can go for help and support if they are worried.

In order to do this, we are presenting a virtual play to all of our Year 9 pupils which will tackle the difficult issue of Child Sexual Exploitation on 31 March. The play is called Chelsea’s Story and will provide an opportunity for pupils to see the choices Chelsea has made and how she might have chosen differently. We will provide an information sheet which has been designed with input from young people to all pupils on where to go if they are worried about exploitation, feel forced into doing something they don’t want to, or if they feel they are at risk. School staff will also be on hand to help with questions.

This activity in secondary schools is part of a proactive programme of work around raising and tackling the complex nature of Child Sexual Exploitation and being supported by Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive and all Partner Agencies in the county. The play has over the last seven years been presented to over 63,000 Year 8 pupils across the county and was extremely successful.

We hope that this will be a powerful and memorable way to enhance the PSHE curriculum and help our young people to stay safe.

If you would prefer your child to not view the performance, please can you email Mrs O Loveridge before 9am on 31 March 2021 – Email contact