Safeguarding Children Board
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Redcar & Cleveland
Safeguarding Children Board

RCSCB Safeguarding Conference 2015

Young people across Redcar & Cleveland have been the focus of a new play centring around staying safe online. Chelseas Choice focuses on a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary who treated her like an adult. Unfortunately, Gary was not what seemed to be, and as Chelseas story progresses three students along with their teacher attempt to understand what happened to her and how it could have been prevented. Already seen by 34,000 young people nationwide, the play has proved effective in promoting safe use of the internet as well as raising awareness of healthy relationships. Initial feedback from the performances has been positive and an analysis of the impact will feature in a future ebulletin.

RCSCB commissioned Chelseas Choice to be performed in each of our secondary schools across the borough at the end of February, and parents and carers were invited to a free performance of Chelseas Choice at The Heart Redcar. Practitioners from all agencies were provided with the opportunity to view this at Redcar and Cleveland Safeguarding Children Boards first ever Safeguarding Conference which was held on 27th February 2015. The conference was well attended with 150 delegates from all partner organisations, including the voluntary and community sector. Feedback and analysis from the evaluations has been excellent. Comments include:

This is a great conference arena to engage such a multitude of services. I hope the networking opportunities are fluid enough to effectively circulate, however the list enclosed I expect to be beneficial as I build up my network. I leave the conference a wiser professional, inspired and engaged - thank you!

Issues raised and being brought out through Chelsea's choice opened up disclosures. This needs to raise the profile and be on everyone's agenda. We have a duty to protect, educate and keep young people safe. Powerful, disturbing, Emotional!!

It was fantastic to see the young people presenting their findings and being so proactive in the Safeguarding of the community.

If there was an outstanding box I would have ticked it. This was hugely emotive, informative and it was clear from the audience response that even the most senior safeguarding professional were impacted upon.

This event was a huge success and brought to attention the safeguarding of children as a priority in the problems facing our communities these days and the clear ways that awareness-communication delays an important way forward for the future safeguarding of all exploitation of children.


The agenda and presentation from the excellent conference can now be downloaded below

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