A new film warning about the dangers of online grooming is set to be shown to schoolchildren in Rutland and has already been seen by county councillors.
The film, produced by Leicestershire Police, is about the last two weeks of murdered teenager Kayleigh Haywood’s life.
Kayleigh, from Measham, was groomed online by Luke Harlow, 28, before she was killed by his next door neighbour, Stephen Beadman, 29, in the early hours of Sunday, November 15.
The film, entitled Kayleigh’s Love Story, lasts around five minutes and was shot in Leicestershire in February this year. It was produced with the support of Kayleigh’s family.
It is currently being rolled out at a series of screenings across Leicestershire and was shown to Rutland county councillors and senior managers following a full council meeting last week.
From September, the film will be screened to all school children aged 11 upwards in the Leicestershire Police force area. It’s also been released to all police forces for use in other areas.
Portfolio holder for children and young people at Rutland County Council Richard Foster (Con) said: “Kayleigh’s Love Story warns us all of the dangers young people face when speaking to someone they don’t know online. It highlights just how quickly a child can be groomed without those closest to them knowing what’s going on.
“It’s absolutely vital that young people understand the importance of staying safe online. This also applies to parents, carers, teachers and social workers – all of whom must be able to recognise the signs that may indicate a child is in danger.
“Our whole society must work together to combat the menace of grooming and child sexual exploitation. The Council is therefore fully supportive of efforts to introduce this film to schools in Rutland and would encourage others to attend a screening or watch it online once it has been released.”
Rutland County Council is a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Board and treats child protection as a top priority.
A trailer of the film is currently available online but comes with a warning that, if it were to be shown at cinemas, it would carry a 15 certificate.
For more information or to view the trailer, visit: leics.police.uk/kayleighslovestory