How did Real Safeguarding Stories become what it is now?
Originally three simple videos were produced – Anisha’s, Fiona’s, and Tracey’s stories – delivered as monologues by actors. The live training with Bradford Council went well, but the videos, which at the time were on DVD, started to be shared like hotcakes and we found out that they were being used in all manner of training environments across Yorkshire. We only learned this when the sister of one of the actors, a teacher, was surprised to find her sister performing in a film in her own teacher training day at school!
The educational value of what we had made suddenly came to light. From that moment on, our mission was simple. Telling safeguarding stories based upon lived experiences of survivors of abuse in all its forms. Make it free. Let safeguarding professionals use them in training and community contexts to make victims’ voices count. Three videos turned into 30 something, and hundreds of thousands of online streams resulted. Awards followed, and I was lucky to celebrate with one of contributors, which was an extra special moment.