Chelsea’s Choice Visits Fenland Secondary School to Raise Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Raising awareness of Healthy Relationships and Child Sexual Exploitation

A 40 minute play with 30 minute workshop

Children and Young People’s Area Partnerships and Community Safety Partnerships across Cambridgeshire and the Drug and Alcohol Team are working together to bring a tour of Chelsea’s Choice to Cambridgeshire in autumn 2015

‘Chelsea’s Choice’ tells the story 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 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.

The play explored

  • Healthy relationships
  • Internet safety
  • Grooming
  • Substance use
  • Identifying risky situations
  • Sexual exploitation

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The programme has toured nationally and been commissioned by 24 Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB), including Cambridgeshire.

The production toured Cambridgeshire last week and was performed to year 9 students in the following schools and colleges:

Cromwell Community College, Neale wade Academy, Sir Harry Smiths Community Collage, Thomas Clarkson Academy, Fenland Learning Base and the College of West Anglia.

It was highly rated by young people, school staff, and other professionals working with young people

‘I feel that pupils will remember the messages given as they will remember them from the production.  It was much more effective than any single teacher trying to get those messages over’

‘It was beneficial for all students and it was given in an unpatronising way which really struck a chord with our students’

‘I would recommend the play to other young people as it completely changed the way I viewed abuse’

For more information about Chelsea’s Choice and the production team, Alter Ego, see