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Following the tragic death of Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood, Leicestershire Police has made a film about the last few weeks of her life to raise awareness amongst children of the dangers of online grooming.

 

July 2016

Dear Parent

Following the tragic death of Measham schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood, Leicestershire Police has made a film about the last few weeks of her life to raise awareness amongst children of the dangers of online grooming.

The film has been made in liaison with Kayleigh’s family who are keen that as many children as possible view it.

A number of different agencies have been consulted by the police during the production process including headteachers from Leicestershire, CEOP – the national online protection agency, and multiagency staff from the police, health and local authority who work on the frontline to protect children from abuse and exploitation.

Initially, the film will be shown to children in years 9, 10, 11 and 12.

As our Year 11 students have now left, (some of these students were friends of Kayleigh at Newbridge) we intend to show your child this film at school during the start of the Autumn term.  This will be done in association with a team of local practitioners experienced in dealing with such issues, who will be on hand at the screenings to discuss any questions raised by the film and to provide children with advice about online safety.  The High Schools will show it to current Year 9s.

The CSE Team with the police will run screenings of the film in the Council Chambers in Coalville on Wednesday 6th July from 10am to 7pm (No showings between 1 and 2pm).  The film lasts about 10 minutes.  Advice will be available online from the police.  The police have placed a trailer of the film online.  Students may find this very distressing.  If you are struggling to support your child with this please do not hestitate to contact us.

During the induction for our new year 10s and for current students, there will be a programme of safeguarding training to alert students to the significant dangers they face from sexting, online grooming and the dangers of social media.  This will raise their awareness as they enter into the long summer holidays. 

While it is not obligatory that your child sees the film, and you have the right to withdraw your child from screenings, I feel the film, while upsetting, is something that all children ought to see to ensure that they are sufficiently aware of online safety issues.   This is a very brave decision for Kayleigh’s family to have made but they do not wish any other child to suffer in this way and we echo those sentiments.

Yours sincerely             

Ms J Byrne

Principal

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