Raising awareness of child sexual exploitation through drama

Published: 14 February 2018

Slough Borough Council has been working with year eight students to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The council along with five of the borough’s secondary schools, Ditton Park Academy, Eden Girls School, Westgate, Wexham and Beechwood have been working with drama company, Unblurred Lines, to explore the different aspects of CSE to help them develop their own plays linked to the subject.

All schools presented their plays at closed auditions in front of a judging panel on February 9. The two winning schools, Eden Girls School and Ditton Park Academy will now go on to present their final plays at The Curve on March 13, as part of Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

Nadine Barrett, CSE and trafficking partnership coordinator, said: “All the auditions were brilliant. All five schools put in such great effort and showed they had really learned about the topic of child sexual exploitation and how affects them in Slough.

“Raising awareness of CSE by encouraging the students to write and perform in their own plays, will help others, including parents, teachers and the wider community understand the risks these young people face on a daily basis.

“We are really excited about showcasing the winning two performances at The Curve on March 13.”

Cllr Pavitar K Mann, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “CSE is a real issue for young people, so it is important that we educate them about its different guises and the risks associated with it.

“Encouraging young people to explore the issue through drama and performance is a fantastic way to talk openly about the type of risks young people face and how they should address them.

“They are leading the discussion and educating others too. I’m really looking forward to seeing the final performances.”