Child Sexual Exploitation cases have sadly exploded over recent years across the UK. Many agencies are working together urgently to tackle this form of abuse and help keep young people safe from harm. Key to this is raising awareness of CSE amongst young people so that they can recognise the signs of grooming, risk factors, and know where to turn for help.
On behalf of NWSB and Barnardo’s, Collingwood developed a bilingual theatre-in-education programme which delivered 66 performances across North Wales schools, reaching 4,500 Year 7 and 8 students. Mirror Mirror, a live theatre performance based on the tragic story of a vulnerable girl’s grooming and exploitation, was followed up with in-depth workshops, follow up lesson plans, and evaluation. Student awareness of grooming increased by 40% as a result of the programme and 97% of teachers would have the programme return to their school.