Exploitation Workshops At Birmingham Schools

4 June 2015, 07:39 | Updated: 4 June 2015, 07:47

A cartoon character is being used to teach primary school children in Birmingham about the risks of sexual exploitation.

Dorothy or "Dot" Com is being used at 74 schools and teaches them about warning signs.

Sharon Evans came up with the idea after suffering abuse as a child.

She said: "The police and safeguarding board in Birmingham is outstanding in providing this programme for schools because they have recognised punishment is only part of the issue.

"We have to address how we prevent the next generation of children from suffering the same abuse.

"I also think those head teachers who have been among the first to implement this resource are inspirational and have shown their commitment to giving children the skills to protect themselves from sexual abuse and violence."