A hard-hitting play about child sexual exploitation is to be performed in Derbyshire schools as part of a new education project.
A six week tour of Chelsea’s Choice is under way, backed by police and child safety organisations.
The 45 minute play is based on the real-life experiences of exploited children and will be followed by question and answer sessions and discussions about the issue.
It will tour 72 schools and pupil support centres before coming to an end on December 12.
Christine Cassell, chair of the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board, said: “This is an important part of the work we are doing to protect children and young people.
“We hope this play will raise students’ awareness and understanding and help reduce their risk of sexual exploitation by giving them knowledge of how to act and who to speak to if they feel they are in danger.
“Our work is particularly relevant given the recent high profile cases across the country.
“All agencies are working closely together to do everything we can to make sure our young people have ongoing education to support them and prevent problems from developing.”
Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said everything possible must be done to raise awareness in children, parents and carers.
He added: “The more knowledge we can give children the less chance there is of them becoming a victim to predatory abusers.
“It’s a depressing fact that the depraved individuals who abuse children rely on their innocence and the great thing about Chelsea’s Choice is that it covers a difficult subject with sensitivity.”