Two schools in South Yorkshire have signed up to an innovative new online platform that delivers child sexual exploitation training to education professionals.
South Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable David Crompton and Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings recently visited Kirk Balk Academy in Hoyland and St Alban’s Church of England Primary School in Wickersley.
Both schools have signed up to the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Education platform developed in partnership with Amelix Education Resources.
The online portal is a hub of information about CSE for teachers and staff, providing lesson plans, assembly plans and a library of local and national materials from charities and other institutions.
Speaking at the launch, CC 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.”
Around 50 schools in South Yorkshire have already signed up to the Amelix CSE Education platform and it is hoped that more across the region will follow.
Russell Sauntry, Chief Executive of Amelix Education Resources, the company that developed the product, said: “We were delighted to work with such a forward thinking force on the CSE platform.
“My experiences, gained from working in education all my life, have shown me that teaching professionals are asked to process a huge amount of information each year. They also undertake training every year to deliver important information and guidance. This is why we believe that a one stop knowledge exchange and online forum to share content will be invaluable for all those working with young people.
“Dealing with topic around CSE is hard for the any teacher to address. However, the feedback we received during the pilot programme to the lesson and assembly content was amazing.
“As a result we are looking forward to developing the platform for all schools in South Yorkshire as well as updating the resources to reflect the changing need of schools.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan 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.”
To report concerns for a child, or if you wish to report sexual exploitation, you can call or text the national helpline Say Something on 116 000 for support and advice.
For more information about how South Yorkshire Police is tackling child sexual exploitation, please visit our dedicated website http://www.southyorks.police.uk/help-and-advice/spotthesigns