Derbyshire students taught about child sexual exploitation

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Students have been learning about sexual exploitation, internet safety and sexual violence.

Tony Bagshaw, a Safer Neighbourhood Youth Officer in Chesterfield, visited Netherthorpe School, Staveley, with Shelia Isles from support group SV2, which works with victims of sexual offences.

A victim told the students how she was groomed by a gang of men when she was 13.

PC Bagshaw discussed internet safety during the session.

He said: “Local officers are working alongside partner agencies to address issues relating to young people. These sessions are always extremely well received in schools with both students and staff alike being moved and shocked by some of the real-life situations we discuss.

“We hope to inspire young people to make the right choices and to reinforce the message that someone is always there to talk to them, be it parents, school staff, police or local groups and charities.

“As so many young people use social networking sites, we want to make sure they are looking out for the danger signs around online grooming and how to act responsibly online.”

To find out more about SV2 visit: www.sv2.org.uk

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