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Getting creative to raise awareness: Peer Champions make a film for #CSE18

Our pan Cheshire Missing from Home and Child Sexual Exploitation team has worked alongside young people to create two short films to raise awareness of online exploitation.

16 March 2018

Catch22’s Peer Champions have created two films to mark Child Sexual Exploitation Day 2018. Designed to be used with young people, these films focus on the themes of internet safety and the need for young people to be themselves online.

Peer Champions: Be Internet Smart

Peer Champions: When You Look At Me

Jude Houghton, Senior Service Coordinator, tells us all about the process:

Our Peer Champions help us in lots of ways, including supporting our delivery in raising awareness together with reviewing our interventions and resources to ensure our practice is current and relevant and most importantly makes sense to the young people we support. They are also given the opportunity to gain an accreditation in Peer Mentoring which many have already successfully. It’s safe to say they know their stuff and they’re passionate about helping others.

We recently received funding from the Cheshire PCC to work with a performing arts education company, 2Engage. 2Engage worked with our champions to create an educational theatre piece called ‘SnapTrap’ which is now touring Cheshire primary schools raising awareness to children in staying safe online.

Young people creating their own films

The young people loved this experience so much that we decided to work with them to create our own film. The champions wanted to make sure the rules of staying safe online reached as many young people as possible. We explored their ideas and they were all enthusiastic in implementing their own awareness footage for CSE Awareness day. They wanted to use the footage also to support parents, carers and professionals working with young people.

Young people met as a group facilitated by Catch22 Missing From Home and Child Sexual Exploitation Caseworkers to gather all the information we needed and to storyboard what they’d learned into two short films. The plan was to use the films to raise awareness through social media, within their schools and their own local authorities.

What we’ve created is completely and utterly their work. All the information they share is in their own words and voices. Each of them inputted their unique ideas and contributed to the final running order and the structure of the film.

Our team is so excited to share what the champions have produced. We’re promoting the film through the local authority Local Safeguarding Boards within Pan Cheshire and incorporating it within training and awareness delivery.

Safe Hands

The young people themselves are really proud of what they have created and can’t wait to show the films in their own schools. The enthusiasm and commitment within the group, working together and respecting one another was wonderful for us to see. They were dedicated to working as a team. If our peer champions are the future, then we’re in safe hands.

We hope you enjoy the films.

• More about our Pan Cheshire Missing and Child Sexual Exploitation Service
• Read more about Catch22’s Missing and Child Sexual Exploitation Services.