CRUEL KINDNESS RESOURCE
We are currently undertaking a review of this resource and hope to be selling an updated version again in the future.
Our Cruel Kindness educational resource features a short awareness raising film (in DVD format) written and directed by young people that Safe and Sound have worked with, aimed at preventing other young people becoming victims of child sexual exploitation. This sits alongside a downloadable PDF resource pack with activities focused on educating young people aged 11-18 about child sexual exploitation; spotting the signs and what constitutes healthy relationships, along with guidance for those conducting the sessions.
Cruel Kindness Trailer
‘Bright Futures have been using the Cruel Kindness Resource with young women in secondary schools, youth and community settings across South Tyneside. The resource provides a clear but flexible plan which includes facilitators notes and worksheets, we have found it extremely interactive and engaging with young women when exploring sensitive topics including child sexual exploitation. We have received feedback from young women that it has raised their awareness of the signs of perpetrators, they have increased skills on how to stay safe and are aware of further services that can offer ongoing advice and support.’ Helen Bowman, Project Manager, Bright Futures
‘The resource was very well received – able to use it as a stand alone or as part of a structured package.’ Elizabeth Stanton, Cheshire Police
What the young people had to say about Cruel Kindness:
“We made the film as we wanted to help young people understand what may be happening to them and also help to protect others from ever becoming victims. Speaking from experience we found it important.
I was never lucky enough to be educated on CSE before I became a victim. By the time I knew, the damage had already been done.
As the five of us worked together we realised that we needed to stress to young people and professionals that boys can be exploited as well as girls. It was also important to clear the misconception that it is always middle aged men that take advantage of young people and that it always happens face to face. Sexting is also just as common.
We researched into CSE films already created and assessed the relevance, accuracy and important elements we felt they missed out. We then linked our ideas together along with personal experiences and set out writing it.
Once we had a script we started searching for a cameraman and actors; we were very grateful to those who were able to support us. We filmed many of the scenes at Derby Uni who were kind enough to let us use their facilities.
The editing process was long and hard but we eventually managed to produce a final product we were proud of.
We hope this film helps to educate young people about CSE and helps professionals to be able to support young people.
All we ask for is that our film can help save at least one person from becoming a victim and we want those who sadly have already been exploited to know they are not alone; that there’s help and support and they will not be judged.”