South Yorkshire schools use internet for training on child abuse

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Two schools in South Yorkshire are using a new internet site delivering child sexual exploitation training to education professionals.

South Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable, David Crompton, and Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, visited Kirk Balk Academy in Hoyland and St Alban’s Church of England Primary School in Wickersley for the launch of the Amelix CSE Education platform, which is a hub of information for teachers and staff.

It provides lesson plans, assembly plans and a library of local and national materials from charities and other institutions.

Chf Con Crompton said: “I am honoured to be at these schools taking part in an important event about such a crucial issue.

“Education plays a vital role in protecting and informing our young people. We must continue to raise awareness of this crime and inform as many people as possible about the warning signs of sexual exploitation so we can act at the earliest opportunity to safeguard children from harm.

“This platform looks to provide valuable insights into an ever changing and complex form of abuse and I’d encourage education establishments across the region to consider signing up.”

Commissioner Billings said: “Spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation is everyone’s business.

“This website resource is a valuable tool for teachers and school staff who have an important role to play in spotting the signs and in educating children and young people about the dangers of child sexual exploitation.

“My office and South Yorkshire Police have jointly funded this resource which is being provided free of charge for all teachers and school staff in South Yorkshire.”