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Film to teach NHS staff about child sexual abuse wins award

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A film used to train NHS staff to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation has won an award at a ceremony recognising excellence in public sector films.

The ‘See. Hear. Stop the Abuse’ film, produced by the Children’s Society charity, won in the best commissioned film category at the Haelo Film Festival in Salford last week.

The charity was commissioned by the Department of Health to create the video and an accompanying e-learning course to train three quarters of a million staff across the NHS.

The film and learning resources were launched in July and are aimed at helping professionals identify abuse and know how to make children feel able to speak about what is happening to them.

The film follows the story of a boy who comes into contact with a number of potential people who he could have talked to about the seven years of abuse he has suffered from a close family member before a radiographer provides him with the opportunity to do so.

The video was made by White Boat TV and it and the hour-long learning programme were developed with the help of over 100 young people, some of whom are victims of sexual abuse.

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