Child sex drama for schools


A DRAMA described by critics as ‘hard-hitting’ is hoping to cast a spotlight on child sexual exploitation to raise awareness of the crime.

Chelsea’s Choice – a 35-minute drama – has been commissioned by the South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board.

The drama, based on a true story, promotes healthy relationships, safe internet use and raises awareness of grooming and child sexual exploitation.

Pupils from secondary schools across the borough will see the drama production and take part in a discussion with the cast.

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Sadly, child sexual exploitation is a reality, but by raising awareness of it in a way that young people will relate to, we hope to give them the tools to protect themselves from this sort of abuse.”

A free performance of the drama will take place for the public, tonight, at Temple Park Leisure Centre, South Shields, at 6.30pm.

For more information, call Jackie Nolan, business manager for the South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board, on 424 6513.