In today’s society it is often difficult for young people to recognise the difference between the online world and the real world. We teach an ethos of play virtual/live real, encouraging young people to recognise that the friends they make online are not like their real-life friends.
It isn’t always easy to recognise the early signs of grooming as it might appear that the young person has just made a new friend or started a new relationship. However, the nature of the relationship will soon start to change as the groomer exerts more control and manipulation over their target.
Grooming techniques are used for a variety of reasons, such as gang recruitment (county lines) and the motives are not always sexual. We work hard to break the stereotypes around grooming that it is not always younger girls and older men, boys can be groomed too, and a perpetrator can be any age or gender.