Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse. Raising young peoples’ awareness of child sexual exploitation is key in helping to prevent young people from becoming victims. In a joint initiative with the Education Department, the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board have commissioned AlterEgo applied theatre company to bring the production “Chelsea’s Choice” to Jersey. The production will be shown 20 times over a two week period to every secondary school on the island for pupils in Year 9 and above. Within the 20 performances will also be the opportunity for professionals and parents to see this performance in order to raise awareness about the impact of CSE on children’s lives and give them knowledge to assist in protecting children by identifying signs and helping to prevent grooming and exploitation.
‘Chelsea’s Choice’ is an internationally renowned, hard-hitting Applied Theatre Production that has proven highly successful in raising awareness around the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The play, which has now been seen by hundreds of professionals and over 700,000 young people throughout the UK, is followed by an actor facilitated post-show talk exploring the issues raised.
It tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea. Chelsea was a 15 year old girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, met a guy called Gary. Gary was kind, understanding, had a nice car, had his own flat and listened to her. 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 covers:
- What makes a Healthy Relationship
- What makes an Unhealthy Relationship
- Safe Internet Use/Sexting
- What is Consent
- The Grooming Process, Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing models & methods
- Where to go for help & advice
For adult audiences it also:
- Raises Awareness of ‘The Warning Signs of CSE’
- Raises Awareness of the journey that young people may have been on that has resulted in them being exploited – a journey that can all too easily make it seem as though they have ‘made their own choices’ and can leave them not seeing themselves as victims and fighting against any intervention.
Further details are available on the AlterEgo website: