Risking It All – CSE and Risk-taking Behaviour

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This show focuses on risk-taking behaviour and its impact on young people’s lives. Through practical, interactive and fun drama workshops, young people from the North West had the opportunity to share stories, ask questions and examine risky behaviour with us. Using their real stories and separate research, we went on to create ‘Risking It All’, a hard-hitting interactive theatre production which seeks to ask the questions about CCE, CSE, substance abuse, e-safety and inappropriate relationships. In this provocative and immersive learning experience, facilitators encourage audiences to highlight the risks and signs of exploitation, discussing the possible outcomes of each vulnerable character in the show.


Julia is 15 years old, she has trouble at home with her mum’s boyfriend. He is often inappropriate with Julia and she doesn’t like it. Julia then meets Connor online. He has a nice car, he spoils her with gifts and he’s more mature than the boys at school. The character of Julia highlights the grooming process as she finds herself in some dangerous and exploitative situations.

Ben is 16, is at odds with his mum and his grades are dropping at school. The only time he feels relaxed is when he’s with Stu, his mate’s older brother. Stu’s got his own flat, throws the sickest house parties and isn’t on Ben’s back all the time. The character of Ben explores issues of risk, alcohol and substance misuse, grooming and criminal exploitation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Raise awareness of unhealthy relationships and sexual exploitation.
  2. Highlight what unsafe online contact looks like in everyday life.
  3. Encourage teenagers to identify the signs of criminal exploitation and grooming.
  4. Examine the risks of drug and alcohol misuse.
  5. Signpost support networks available.

PSCHE Core themes that this programme covers:

Health and Well-being

  • Recognising personal strengths, how affects self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Recognising how qualities are evaluated by others
  • Recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and strategies for getting help in risky situations
  • Understanding inappropriate use of phones
  • Misuse of drugs and alcohol and effect on sexual behaviour


  • Qualities and behaviours in a range of positive relationships
  • Features of positive relationships and those of unhealthy relationships
  • Different types of relationships: families, friendships, romantic
  • Roles and responsibilities of parents and children
  • Consent
  • Recognising bullying and abuse in all its forms
  • Support services available if in an unhealthy or abusive relationship
  • peer pressure
  • Safe and responsible use of ICT
  • Understanding right to privacy - pressure to share explicit images of themselves
  • Recognising manipulation, persuasion or coercion
  • Peers supporting one another

Living in the Wider World

  • Personal risks associated with sharing intimate images of others

This programme will complement the following safeguarding objectives

(Department for Education Statutory Guidelines on Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019):
  • Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional)
  • Safeguarding issues
  • Peer-on-peer abuse
  • Serious violence
  • Contextual safeguarding

“2engage’s performance of ’Risking It All’ covered a variety of topics in a sensitive and hard-hitting way. It’s a really good drama that not only brings to life the issues that are hard to communicate to young people, but also the behaviour that sees vulnerable people fall into situations where they are at risk of exploitation in the form of inappropriate relationships and social media.”
Gareth Cheeseman
Project Development Officer, Esteem Resource Network

“A powerful performance by 2engage today at North Wales Safeguarding Conference. Great potential for drama to educate #CSE”
Sally Holland
Children’s Commissioner for Wales

“I just wanted to highlight what I wrote specifically to you. A student of ours has made a major disclosure regarding sexual abuse with very specific acts of ‘grooming’ that was highlighted in the performance. She stated to us yesterday that she felt able to talk about this because of the ‘Risking It All’ session. She thanked us for bringing you in and wanted to thank you for giving her the awareness and courage to tell us. This issue is now being dealt with by the police. Thank you. Sincerely.”
Lucy Ainscow
Assistant Principle, UCEA Academy.

At A Glance

Age Group: Year 8 – 11
Key Stage: Key Stage 3 & 4
Duration: 50-60 mins
Group Size: 5-250
Resource Pack: Yes (On Request)
Follow Up Workshop: Available, please contact us for details.