YEAR 9 students at Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow, and Forest Hall School, Stansted, have received a hard-hitting lesson about child sexual exploitation.
The students watched a performance of ‘Chelsea’s Choice’, which tells the story of a 15-year old Chelsea who meets Gary, a many who is not what he seems after falling out with her friends and family.
The production encouraged students to examine what may happen to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented. Students also took part in a discussion with the actors around child sexual exploitation to further raise awareness and provide them with practical steps to take to safeguard themselves.
Tracy Taylor, director of safeguarding for Burnt Mill Academy Trust, said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn about the dangers of child sexual exploitation. We are among the few schools fortunate enough to secure funding to allow this at no cost to the trust or the students.’