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Safety Message Hits the Stage

A hard-hitting drama about child sexual exploitation will be performed on South Tyneside next week.

Parents, carers and young people have a chance to see Is This Your Story? which has been commissioned by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, in partnership with Northumbria Police and Theatre in Education from the Custom's House.

The drama is based on the real experiences of a boy and girl who were subject to exploitation and uses genuine police interviews.

Written by Viktoria Mitchell and directed by Natasha Haws, the production touches on a number of issues including child sexual exploitation, online grooming, social media and consent and relationships.

The production was first shown to secondary school pupils earlier this year.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "This production was commissioned following feedback from young people who said they would prefer to see a production which featured local places and North East actors.

"By setting the scene in a local way, we also hope to be able to get across the message that unfortunately child sexual exploitation can happen anywhere.

"It is a sad fact of life that today's world contains some threats that are hard to imagine. However, ensuring our young people and their parents and carers have the right knowledge and resources is key to keeping our young people safe."

The drama will be performed at the Custom's House on Wednesday, 18 October at 6pm and is open to anyone. The 35 minute production will be followed by a question and answer session. To book a place, phone 0191 424 4086 or email


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