Pastoral Support: ‘Alright Charlie’


Due to it being National Child Sexual Exploitation Week and there has been a clear necessity for schools to raise awareness around the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), following the high profile cases in Rotherham, Rochdale and other areas highlighting that the number of younger children being exploited is rising.

Alright Charlie’ is designed for use with children aged 9-11 in primary schools and aims to highlight the warning signs of grooming in an age appropriate way. The film is seen through the eyes of Charlie who is groomed by Danny. The resource is accessible to girls AND boys with the viewer never discovering Charlie’s gender.

The children in Year 6 worked really hard throughout the ‘Alright Charlie’ workshop with the Pastoral Team. The aim of the workshop was to reduce young people’s risk of grooming and CSE.

The objectives for the session were for Year 6 to be able to

  • Identify the warning signs of grooming and CSE
  • Identify at least one trusted adult they would talk to about grooming and CSE
  • Highlight how they would talk to this trusted adult

Well done Year 6 for showing maturity throughout the session.

Click the link for the ‘Alright Charlie‘ pdf

CSE:

People who commit child sexual exploitation often ‘groom’ their victims over a period of time in order to gain their trust. Later, when the behaviour of the abuser starts to change, the young person is likely to feel trapped, isolated and scared.

Many children are too frightened to come forward, or don’t realise they are being abused. They may suffer in silence for years without anyone to talk to about what they’re going through.

Child sexual exploitation is an issue that affects young people from all backgrounds and communities right across the UK, often out of sight and behind closed doors. It can happen to both boys and girls, and can occur online or offline.