Medium and message: Action for Children

Action for Children has created an animated online drama written by young people for its latest campaign.

As part of a campaign to develop the emotional resilience of young people, Action for Children has produced an animated online drama series about children trapped in a building.

Three young writers aged between 11 and 14 worked with drama writer Lucia Haynes to develop the scripts for the eight-part drama, Trapped, in which four teenage friends break into their old school before its scheduled demolition. When the roof collapses, trapping the teenagers, their friendship is tested.

Greg Vines, head of communications at Action for Children, says an online drama can be broadcast sooner than a TV script and is young people's preferred way to access information. "It also gives the young people writing it more confidence, and develops their imagination and planning skills," he says.

The three children who helped write the drama are being supported by the charity's Knowsley Family Intervention Project, based near Liverpool. "When they came to us they were quite nervous, insecure young people who had not been able to commit to projects like this and didn't have adults to take them anywhere," says Vines. "But now they have enough confidence in their writing skills to feel that they can write a CV or approach their homework differently."

The serial is being broadcast online and can be downloaded to mobile phones. Liverpool-based animators and actors worked on the films.

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