Child sexual exploitation awareness training is now being given to students attending the Doncaster Deaf Trust in Doncaster after funding was provided by South Yorkshire Police and Crime commissioner, Dr Alan Billings.
The Trust secured funding for 15 teachers to be trained to become Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) champions, via the CEOP Ambassadors Training course after applying to the Commissioner’s Community Grant scheme.
The training will allow the teachers to hold extra sessions for the young people that will help to keep them safe on-line and explain the dangers of making friendships through social media channels with strangers who may not be who they are pretending to be.
During a visit to the school Dr Billings said: “All young people are potentially at risk when they go on line. But we are pleased that the message is being conveyed to those who are hearing impaired, because they tend to spend quite a lot of time on the Internet, making friends through it.”
He added: “They need to know where the dangers lie and how they can ask for help. I recently visited the Doncaster Deaf Trust and saw for myself how the teachers are signing these important safety awareness lessons. They are helping young people to be sure that every time they engage with someone on-line it is safe and that they should not agree to meet with anyone that they are unsure about.”
Business development manager for Doncaster Deaf Trust, Andy Ellis, said training was being rolled out to all staff in nursery, school and college and added: “We at the Doncaster Deaf Trust are extremely grateful for the award from the Police and Crime Commissioner.
“We take our responsibilities in relation to safeguarding for all of our children and students extremely seriously and the growing risks posed on line and through social media, means we must all be so much better informed.”