Grooming

Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust which can lead to sexual abuse or exploitation.

Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know - for example a family member, friend or professional. Groomers may be male or female and they could be any age.

Many children and young people don't even know when they are being groomed, or that what is happening to them is abuse.

The following link takes you to a video on the NSPCC website. Parents of Year 5 and 6 children may decide after watching this video to share it with their children to advise them of contacting strangers online. 

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/grooming/

There is also a poster for you to downoad giving you more advice on how to protect your children from grooming.