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Case Study : Real Safeguarding Stories


Real Safeguarding Stories is a series of videos dedicated to helping professionals raise awareness of safeguarding issues, including child and adult safeguarding, and domestic abuse. It is a collaboration between Collingwood Learning, a leading education and training provider, and Bradford Council and is developed from real stories and cases of survivors of abuse. Pixelwave Creative has worked closely with Collingwood Learning for more than five years and was asked to produce the videos for this important, ongoing project.


How we worked with Real Safeguarding Stories

We were asked to film and edit videos that would help raise awareness, educate and have a positive impact on the safeguarding of young and vulnerable people.

Because we needed to present a range of complex issues in a simple, human way that people could understand, the style of the videos needed to be simple, so we didn’t detract from the important information.

In our video style, we chose a delivery of script from actor ‘into camera’ to replicate a conversation with the audience, with the intention of drawing the viewer in to the story.

Pixelwave Creative has so far helped produce 19 videos, including safeguarding issues covering child sexual exploitation, child and adult safeguarding, and domestic abuse.

Each video is based on the experiences of professionals working in the field, and from interviews with victims of abuse. The videos were scripted and filmed using actors in a realistic context.

We also designed and produced motion graphic titles to complement the branding, and provide video hosting services.


The feedback

Chris Simes at Collingwood Learning says: “As an education and training provider to Councils, the NHS and private sector organisations many of our projects require video elements. This has led to a fantastic long term relationship with Pixelwave, who have been simply excellent. The quality of the filming and editing is always superb.”

“Real Safeguarding Stories have been developed with safeguarding officers and trainers at Bradford Council and the power of the videos have made such an impact. We have been able to incorporate so many learning points into the videos, that they have been used many more times as part of a range of awareness events and training across the UK.”

“The videos are now available at for professionals to use in any training context. We’ve attracted 4,000 users since the project launched and Real Safeguarding Stories intends to grow this bank of resources through partnerships with public and private sector sponsors.”