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Headlands report – ‘Not in Our Community’ youth summit

Headlands School pupils at the Not in Our Community event at Hessle School.
Headlands School pupils at the Not in Our Community event at Hessle School.

Report by Mellissa Freeman Year 12 pupils at Headlands School.

Headlands School works closely with the team from Not In Our Community to help raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and with myself being a student at the school as well as an ambassador for the organisation, we are the centre of the good work that goes on.

When we arrived on the day we were introduced to a video of a heart-breaking story of a young girl who was experiencing physical and mental exploitation and grooming.

This was based upon real events, which really hit home and made the topic quite surreal.

Then we had a discussion with the Not In Our Community team on how the video had affected us, and how we may be able to avoid this, and help others by making them aware of the signs and situations to look for.

I myself was very shocked at the fact of how easily a situation can progress into something so quickly, and so dangerously without being detected by either friends or family.

The Not In Our Community experience at Hessle School along with other groups of children has influenced me and made me passionate about this subject, that should not be taken lightly and should not be ignored if warning signs were to appear. Therefore I am looking forward to continuing my work with the team around Bridlington to ensure that any potential victims are helped and any potential perpetrators are prosecuted.

David Stamper, assistant headteacher, said: “Headlands have worked with the Not In Our Community team for a while now and this day really hammered home the importance of raising the awareness of child exploitation. We are committed as a school to help eliminate it in our community and we continue to make plans with the Not In Our Community team on how we can do that.”