Hard-hitting play’s crucial message to help youngsters avoid becoming victims of sexual exploitation

Chelsea's Choice at Biddenham School.
Chelsea's Choice at Biddenham School.

A hard-hitting play is being performed at schools to drive home messages about how young people can protect themselves from becoming victims of child sexual exploitation.

Chelsea’s Choice is being staged at upper schools across Beds.

It is being supported by Bedford Borough Council and the Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board.

Councillor Sue Oliver, who oversees children’s social care at the borough council, said: “Bedford Borough Council takes the issue of child exploitation extremely seriously, particularly in the light of recent high profile cases in other parts of the country.

“The audience gains a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person’s life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse.”

The play, produced by not for profit social enterprise AlterEgo Creative Solutions, is followed by an interactive session. It is designed for youngsters aged 12 and above, parents, carers, teachers and professionals working with young people.