Albion Academy in Salford has become the first to receive CSE Ambassador status for their commitment to tackling child sexual exploitation.
The new CSE Ambassador initiative, launched Monday 23 March 2015 seeks to award Greater Manchester high schools for their contribution to CSE awareness.
Following lessons, pupils developed a three minute video about child sexual exploitation featuring staff and students promoting key messages relating to the ‘It’s Not Okay’ campaign. Albion pupils designed, filmed and edited the footage directly from their classroom.
The next stage will see Project Phoenix work closely with schools across the region to develop an education and peer mentoring programme which will eventually provide formal accreditation that pupils can reference on their CVs and Records of Achievement.
Damian Dallimore, Project Phoenix Manager said:
“Our CSE Ambassadors programme is one of the first of its kind in the UK and I’d like to congratulate Albion Academy for leading the way with their remarkable work.”
Albion Academy’s Principal Jenny Langley said:
“Often when there are serious issues affecting young people it is too easy to overlook their own role and voice in addressing them. Our students made the film because they felt it was important to speak out and raise awareness of the dangers of CSE among young people”.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle said:
“Empowering young people to protect themselves and each other from abuse is vital. By explaining child sexual exploitation to young people, and showing them how to spot the signs, they will be better able to protect themselves and look out for their friends.
“I am confident this scheme will go from strength-to-strength throughout Greater Manchester.”