YC Hertfordshire promotes online safety and healthy relationships in Hertford school

29 March 2017

Students at The Sele School in Hertford were given information about staying safe online and healthy relationships during a lunchtime session held the day before National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

YC Hertfordshire’s East Herts Team Youth Support Worker John Bristow said: “With increased use of social media, young people can make themselves more vulnerable to being targeted. I was impressed with the questions that the students asked me and they clearly demonstrated that they take the matter seriously.”

Students were able to speak to YC Hertfordshire staff, ask questions and take away information.

Nicky Wragg, head of wellbeing and integration at The Sele School, said: “It’s important that the students know about issues like this and have strategies to keep themselves safe. Having a stall with workers from YC Hertfordshire facilitating causes a bit of a buzz and the students were keen to find out more.”

YC Hertfordshire, part of Hertfordshire County Council, works to prevent CSE by running programmes and projects which enable young people to be able to recognise the signs of abuse and develop healthy relationships so that they are less vulnerable to exploitation.

The Healthy Relationships programme is currently running across all ten districts in Hertfordshire aimed at young people aged 13 to19 (up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties (LD), and for young people leaving care, up to the age of 21.

It aims raise young people’s awareness of child exploitation by giving them the support they need to make informed, safe choices and to have appropriate, healthy and safe relationships.

Find out more about YC Hertfordshire’s Healthy Relationships programme.