Hundreds of pupils at Surrey schools have seen a play staged to help them spot the signs of sexual exploitation.
Chelsea’s Choice, which has just finished a tour of more than 40 county schools and colleges, gives young people and parents advice on where to turn to get help.
In the tale, Chelsea has fallen out with her friends and family and is befriended by an older man.
Three students find her diary detailing her experiences and, along with their teacher, attempt to understand what happened and how it could have been prevented.
Surrey County Council and Surrey Police came together to arrange the play for Year 9 and 10 teenagers.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families Mary Angell said: “Protecting the vulnerable is at the heart of what we do and this play was an excellent way of tackling a difficult and sensitive subject.”
Detective Inspector Pete Foster, of Surrey Police, said: “Chelsea’s Choice is a very innovative way of engaging with children and raising their awareness of child sexual exploitation, which can happen anywhere and affect anyone. Education is the key in helping to prevent young people from becoming victims.”
In an emergency, call the police on 999. For non-emergencies dial 101.
Schools and colleges that staged the play (school unless stated): Christ’s College, Fullbrook, Hinchley Wood, St Bede’s, Blenheim High, Ashcombe, Woodfield, George Abbot, All Hallows, Kings International College, Heathside, Howard of Effingham, Oakwood, Therfield, Thamesmead, Broadwater, De Stafford, The Priory, Woking High, Salesians, Rydens, Thomas Knyvett, Roseberry, The Abbey, Weydon, St Peter’s (Guildford), Epsom and Ewell, Limpsfield Grange, Bishop David Brown, Ash Manor, Rodborough Technology College, Warlingham, The Warwick, Kings College, The Beacon, Tomlinscote, Reigate, Gosden House, St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, Woking Short Stay School, Pyrford Centre.