Barnardos | Free From Fear

Raising awareness to help prevent child sexual exploitation

Barnados South West wanted to raise awareness of the dangers of child sexual exploitation. The films were to be presented at an event held by Barnardos South West and Avon and Somerset Police, as well as intended for use within schools and online to help inspire and safeguard others.

The films feature young adults delivering poems to their younger selves giving a sense of hope and opportunity. Having had distance from their experiences the adults are able to pass on advice and strength to the vulnerable children.

Set on a park bench, a school bathroom and a child’s bedroom the dialogue unfolds as the two generations converse in an isolated environment.

Respected spoken word artists Laurie Ogden, Inja and Vanessa Kissule were featured in the short films.

Feedback from young people directly affected by the issue guided every aspect of the creative process, their united voices and experiences helping ensure authenticity.

The result is an emotive, engaging and thought-provoking suite of films that raise awareness of child sexual exploitation for Barnados South West. The short films have been used online to educate and inform others.

“…the films really are absolutely outstanding. They effectively communicate the complex emotions and feelings of the young people, translating our concept and scripts into highly effective films.”
Director42 Group