Posted: 14 June 2017

Tyler’s story shortlisted for an EVCOM Screen Award

The film at the centre of our Seen and Heard training, Tyler’s story, has been shortlisted for an EVCOM Screen Award - an award marking the best in branded film in the UK.

Working in partnership with the Department of Health and supported by NHS England, our film - produced by WhiteBoatTV and seamlessly integrated into a powerful one hour e-training module - has already trained thousands of healthcare workers to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

With just ten weeks to develop the e-training module, this recognition showcases the quality and impact of the production, now judged by experts as at the forefront of branded film making.

Older mand talking to two young boys by a car

Our research with children and young people

At the outset, we worked to provide filmmakers with as much information as possible on child sexual abuse and exploitation. The brief for the film was quite open, but it was critical that it was based on real views of children and young people.

Over 100 children and young people took part in our consultation - including some who had been sexually abused - sharing their in-depth experiences of the healthcare system.

Filmmakers also studied academic research and spoke to clinicians.

Crafting the storyline

The central narrative came from research revealing that children and young people will often only disclose sexual abuse if they think another member of the family is becoming at risk. In this case Tyler is overwhelmed by fear that his younger brother may be abused next by his older brother.

Watch the trailer for Seen and Heard 

Casting a young actor for a difficult role

Casting was perhaps the biggest challenge of the whole production process. Understandably, some young actors didn’t feel comfortable with the subject matter, but a brilliant casting director found an exceptionally talented lead actor who we worked with closely to get the film ready in good time.  

Young male crying in the bath

Making a huge impact with the final film

Tyler’s story sharply illustrates the impact of being trained to be ‘professionally curious’ in helping child sexual abuse to be identified and stopped - or even prevented.

It teaches professionals to make children and young people feel welcomed, at ease and able to disclose what they’ve been through.

As demand for good quality film continues to grow, we are proud that our vital production shone through. Seen and Heard already won Best Commissioned Film at the Haelo Film Festival 2016 - a celebration of excellence in public sector films.

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