Ambergate and Sandon’s most recent themed week was Child Sexual Exploitation awareness week, which began with National Child Sexual Awareness Day on Monday 18th March 2019.
Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs when an individual takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity; in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator’ (NWG Network).
In order to promote awareness of CSE to our pupils and remind them of the different ways they can keep themselves safe, as well as all the people/services around them that they can speak to for support, a host of activities were carried out throughout the week. We had a big focus on healthy relationships, stranger danger and the people we can trust. The definition of exploitation was clarified with pupils and lots of good discussions took place throughout Ambergate about issues such as grooming, online safety and peer pressure.
We had a big focus on the NSPCC’s P.A.N.T.S Underwear Rule, as this is an appropriate reminder to all ages of how they can keep themselves safe. Pupils watched the Pantosaurus video and made posters that we have displayed around the schools to help each other stay safe!
P.A.N.T.S stands for:
P = Privates are Private
A = Always remember your body belongs to you
N = No means no
T = Talk about secrets that upset you
S = Speak up, someone can help
The NSPCC have created the P.A.N.T.S rule and the Pantosaurus as a simple way to teach children the necessities to keep themselves safe, if you would like more information on this, please visit: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/.
Ambergate’s Hospitality Class organised and hosted a CSE Café on Friday 22nd March and invited a mixture of Ambergate classes to attend. The Hospitality class created a menu for the café, which consisted of scones and squash and all of the pupils were able to choose what topping they wanted on their scones. As well as a delicious treat of a scone, a very important discussion took place with the classes visiting the café around what is healthy in a relationship, what is unhealthy in a relationship and the importance of consent. Pupils made very sensible comments throughout this session and the staff were blown away by some of the pupil contributions to the group discussions especially around the need and the importance of consent! Thank you to Miss Morton, Mrs Capindale, the Hospitality Class and all of the visiting classes, for making the CSE Café such a success!
The girls in Sandon’s Pathways Class took part in a private Girl’s Club, which discussed all thing about sex and contraception. This was an informal chance for the girls to ask questions in a safe environment without any embarrassment. All the girls said they felt embarrassed at the beginning but everyone was laughing by the end of the session and admitted that it wasn’t as embarrassing as they thought. We even organised a follow up discussion the week after because the session gave the girls the confidence to want to talk about other factors in the same informal, friendly and private way!
Sandon’s Boys Club also took part in a CSE quiz and tested their knowledge of warning signs that they need to look out for in different types of relationships and how they can ask for help.
If you would like any information regarding CSE or how to keep your child safe, please do not hesitate to contact the Safeguarding and Pastoral team as we have a wealth of resources that we can share with you.