Thursday 7th May at 7pm
Room 1, Springfield Community Campus, Corsham
Drama explores the theme of Child Sexual Exploitation CSE
As part of Wiltshire Council’s zero tolerance of CSE campaign a drama depicting issues related to child sexual exploitation (CSE) will be performed at schools and venues across Wiltshire this spring. Chelsea’s Choice shows how boys and girls can be groomed by adults for sexual exploitation.
Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WCSB) have commissioned performances at secondary schools and community venues starting during April and May.
There will be a performance for the general public on Thursday 7th May at Springfield Community Campus, Corsham from 7pm. The performance is free to attend and is open to parents, professionals and community members.
CSE is a form of child abuse which is happening nationally and could mean children and young people living in Wiltshire are at risk. Victims of CSE can come from any socio-economic background. It involves children and young people being forced or manipulated into sexual activity in exchange for something – e.g. money, alcohol, drugs, gifts, or accommodation – or perhaps affection or status. Those exploiting the child or young person have power over them because of their age, gender, intellect and physical strength.
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services said: “This is a play which alerts everyone to the dangers of CSE. Although it’s being taken into schools it will also be performed at a number of public venues as well, as it’s important everyone is aware of CSE, recognises the signs and can report their concerns.”
Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health and protection which is supporting the production said: “This drama is a powerful way to make sure people are clear on how CSE can occur and to watch out for the signs so we can help protect and support our young people.”
If you are concerned about a child in Wiltshire and want to speak to someone, contact the MASH team on 0300 4560108 or out of hours on 0845 6070888. If you consider the incident to be an emergency call 999