Listen to my story – tacking child sexual exploitation

Published on: Wednesday, 18-March-2015

Knowsley Council has launched the ‘Listen to my Story’ campaign, in partnership with Merseyside Police, to tackle the sensitive subject of child sexual exploitation (CSE).  CSE is a form of child abuse and is against the law.

It can have devastating effects on the lives of victims and their families.

For more information about the campaign and for details of how you can help raise awareness of this subject, visit www.listentomystory.co.uk

In addition, there is still time to book a place on Chelsea’s Choice – a free play which brings home the issue of child sexual exploitation and helps to spot the tell-tale signs when a young person is at risk.

The 35 minute play tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea.  Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary.  Gary was older, owned a car, had a flat and treated her like an adult.  Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be.  Chelsea's story is played out and examined by the three students who, along with their teacher, attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.

Three showings will take place at The Venue, Civic Way in Huyton on Friday, 20 March – performances commence at 9.30am and 1.30pm.  It is completely free of charge to attend, but please book your place in advance – email Steven Hale – steven.hale@knowsley.gov.uk or telephone 0151 443 2971.

For more information about Chelsea’s Choice, visit www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk/chelseas-choice