It's Not OK
This Theatre in Education (TIE) play, drama workshop and online digital films and teaching and learning resource, explores the experiences of child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation through the prism of the internet, gaming, and social and familial relationships.
It's Not OK is a Theatre in Education (TIE) play followed by a 90 minute drama workshop where pupils explore the issues raised from the play.
Through TIE techniques pupils give the characters 'advice' and find strategies in order to gain a 'rehearsal for life', to disclose and to seek out support against sexual abuse and exploitation. The play was born out of a call for action and a desire to combat the cultural epidemic of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation in order to enable understanding around complex safeguarding issues through the power of theatre and to act as a creative tool to facilitate empowerment and social change.
It's Not OK was developed by York St John University senior theatre lecturers Rachel Conlon and Jules Dorey Richmond in partnership with the NSPCC and the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership. It was designed for use with children and young people aged 11 to 16. There is also a 16 plus version of the play available.
The play and workshop have also been translated in partnership with Tea Films into a national online digital teaching resource and 3 character films for the NSPCC online learning platform.
It's Not OK covers topics relating to:
- Healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Child sexual abuse
- Child sexual exploitation
- Coercive control
- Online safety
- Gaming safety
The It's Not OK Theatre in Education tour has reached over 50,000 young people, safeguarding professionals and educators across the UK and is continuing to be delivered nationally to date.
The play and workshop can tour nationally. If you are interested in further information please contact:
The tour includes a 90 minute drama workshop as well as being accompanied by a series of online digital films and teaching resources housed on the NSPCC's online learning platform. The digital resources include lesson plans and accompanying activities. The resources highlight how to recognise concerning and unhealthy behaviour and to identify the characteristics of positive relationships and how to disclose and seek out professional support.
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Helen Westerman Head of Local Campaigns (NSPCC)
This powerful play, which has already touched the lives of thousands of young people, can reach even more, via the online digital resource. This vital tool shatters the hidden nature of child sexual abuse, and highlights the dangers of perpetrators manipulating their victims into believing they are in loving relationship rather than the toxic reality. With this resource we can empower children to know when something isn't right and to have the confidence to say no and speak out and seek support.
Year 7 pupil
It made me understand more about unhealthy relationships and if I was in Lee-Ann or Becky's position, I would know what to do.
Year 8 pupil
The acting was unbelievable, it reinforced how to be safe online and in relationships.