Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Young People’s CSE Awareness Video

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

Drama students at two local schools have starred in a short film which raises awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Pupils from Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan in Abergele and Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph have worked with North Wales Police in producing the short film which was launched today (Friday, June 3) at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flint. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Kevin Jones who is Head of Drama at Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan explained that the Year 11 and 12 pupils were studying for their GCSE and A levels at the time of filming and took a few hours after their school day to take part. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​


The school and its pupils are no strangers to working on productions which highlight important issues. Over the past years, they have worked to devise and perform dramas on a range of issues including internet safety, sexual abuse and young carers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Dafydd Rhun of Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd said: “These Young people are pupils at Ysgol Uwchradd Glan Clwyd and are currently in their first year of their GCSE courses. Even though some of them are drama students, they all enjoy performing extra-curricular activities and have taken part in school musicals, Eisteddfod activities and county project in their roles as Arts Ambassadors. The pupils are glad to have been able to use their performing skills to share such an important message with other young people.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Detective Superintendent Jo Williams of NWP said: “I’m really grateful to the young people who took part and made this film possible. It’s key that the information on Child Sexual Exploitation that we are trying to relay to young people is delivered in a way that means something to them and that they can relate to.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I hope the film will have a positive impact and raise awareness of what CSE is, particularly to children and young people across North Wales who may be being exploited and who may not have realised it until now.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Det Supt Jo added: “Child Sexual Exploitation is not acceptable and there is only one person to blame for it – the perpetrator, not the child.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones said: “I would like to thank the pupils of Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan and Ysgol Glan Clwyd for their contribution in making this video. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Child Sexual Exploitation is a vile crime and it is vitally important that we raise awareness so that children and young people are alerted to the dangers and can respond appropriately if necessary.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

NWP continues to be pro-active partner within the Regional Safeguarding Board. The aim of the board is to provide a multi-agency approach to safeguarding issues within North Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

CSE is a priority for the board and together with statutory and non-statutory partners such as social care, BCUHB, Probation, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, and the CRC (Community Rehabilitation Company) we will continue to work together to tackle CSE within North Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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