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Bracknell Forest Council teams up with local media students to raise awareness for child exploitation

Media Students

The Makesafe Team at Bracknell Forest Council has collaborated with students from Bracknell and Wokingham College in producing eight short films to raise awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Makesafe is a specialist team situated within Childrens Services that works with children who are at risk of exploitation. The project became part of the College’s Media Studies learning programme after the Makesafe Team contacted course leaders with the idea of raising the profile of CSE locally, using sharable material produced by young people.

Maddy Williams and Lara Fincken from Makesafe designed a brief that the students were expected to follow, providing them with valuable experience of a realistic work assignment.

Maddy Williams said:

“It was important that the messages around this serious issue were communicated clearly and in a way that would resonate with young people”.

A selection of the films were presented by the students to Child Protection professionals in the council chamber at Time Square to mark the completion of the project.

Nick Young, Exploitation Prevention Manager at Bracknell Forest Council said:

“I was hugely impressed by the quality of production of the films and the professionalism shown by the students. Awareness raising plays an important role in keeping children safe; the more people that know about CSE, the more difficult it is for perpetrators to commit these crimes in our community”.

Cllr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Learning, said:

“We are proud to collaborate with Bracknell and Wokingham college to raise awareness for such an important issue whilst showcasing the talent of local students. Keeping children safe is at the heart of what we do and we look forward to seeing this project return year on year.”

This marks the beginning of an on-going collaboration between Makesafe and Bracknell and Wokingham College, with the project set to become a regular feature in the Media Studies syllabus over the next few years.