Pupils from Trinant Primary School have decorated a Christmas tree with messages of goodwill to children who have been victims of crimes such as trafficking, domestic abuse, exploitation and sexual violence.
The pupils, who are part of the school’s Mini Police scheme, spent the afternoon making the decorations before decorating the tree at the Connect Gwent victims’ hub in Blackwood.
The children then met Santa, and received a gift donated by Sainsbury’s in Pontllanfraith.
They were joined by the chief constable of Gwent Police, Pam Kelly, and Eleri Thomas, deputy police and crime commissioner for Gwent.
CC Kelly said: “The festive messages from the pupils at Trinant Primary School encapsulate the spirit of Christmas, but sadly it will not be enjoyable for all children around the world.
“Tackling trafficking and sexual exploitation are among Gwent Police’s priorities and we must do to all we can to protect and safeguard vulnerable people, especially our youngest citizens, in our society whenever and wherever we can.”
Deputy PCC Thomas said: “As Christmas is almost upon us it is important to take some time out to remember those child victims across the world who are suffering at the hands of organised criminals.
“Here in Gwent we are dedicated to tackling crimes against children including child trafficking, exploitation and domestic violence, and I was greatly impressed with the children’s knowledge, understanding and compassion towards the victims of these appalling crimes.
“We are committed to supporting young victims in Gwent, which is why we have commissioned Umbrella Cymru to provide a specialist young person’s service within the Connect Gwent victims’ hub.”