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 focussed 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.

About the Cruel Kindness DVD

The 15 minute film follows the interlinking stories of two young people, Ben and Megan, and features different ways that young people can become victims of sexual exploitation. It follows their stories from each young person’s perspective and provides powerful and realistic portrayals of real life experiences of child sexual exploitation.

Ben’s story is about a teenage boy who is sexually exploited online. We see how Ben becomes vulnerable through a relationship breakdown, bullying and loneliness and is taken advantage of by a stranger online.

Megan’s story is about a teenage girl who meets an older boy and his friends and is persuaded to go with them to parties, where she is given alcohol and drugs and passed on to Charlie’s friends for sex.

About the Cruel Kindness resource pack

The 80 page PDF resource pack contains over 80 pages of lesson plans, worksheets and quizzes to help improve young people’s awareness of healthy relationships and consent, along with activities which accompany the film to develop awareness of child sexual exploitation.

Who is the resource for?

The resource is suitable for all practitioners working directly with children and young people or responsible for supplying resources to those working with young people including:

    • Independent sexual violence advisers
    • Police forces
    • Social services/social workers
    • Fosterers and fostering organisations
    • Prison and probation workers and youth offending services
    • Missing person’s workers
    • Youth workers
    • Local safeguarding children board chairs and members
    • Secondary schools and colleges – PSHE or Safeguarding Leads in particular
    • Healthcare professionals including GPs and sexual health advisers
    • Those working in supported housing, residential care or children’s homes
    • Charity/third sector – particularly organisations working in youth mental health, homelessness or addiction

The Cruel Kindness DVD & PDF Resource Pack is £80 + VAT

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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.”