20 November 2017   |  Last Updated 20-12-2014 02:20

      WATCH: #itsnotokay - Salford students say NO to child sexual exploitation

      Students and staff from The Albion Academy in Salford have produced their own video to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.

      Using the hashtag #itsnotokay, pupils send warning messages on the issue that has affected thousands of children under 16 across the UK, Europe, and the world.

      The video was made following recent high profile cases in Rochdale and Oldham which highlighted the need for all sectors of society to be vigilant and aware of warning signs.

      It is a part of a campaign across Greater Manchester to protect young people and prosecute offenders.



       


      Deana Owen-Johnson, project leader and Vice Principal at The Albion Academy, said students were very enthusiastic about the idea.

      She added: “Sometimes students are told a lot of messages by adults. We felt that if it came from other students, the message would be more hard-hitting.”

      Rebecca Finch, 14, took part in the project because she felt it was important to inform young people that “we are all one and everyone has someone to speak to”.

      She explained the reasons behind her choice in the following video:

       

      The idea for the #itsnotokay video came from some of the national strategies which aim to tackle the problem with child sexual exploitation.

      Jenny Langley, Principal at the school, said that despite their young age, pupils realised the seriousness of the issue. 

      Mrs Langley hopes other schools will join the initiative and help the #itsnotokay message reach more young people.

      To report child sexual exploitation call the police on 101 or dial 999 if you are in immediate danger.

       
      By Emilia Mincheva

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