Grooming is all about control. The aim is to form a relationship with the victim, build trust and establish how likely it is that the child or young person will tell anyone about them. The groomer then tries to isolate the victim from their friends and family. We will explore how this relationship model is the foundation for radicalisation, sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation.
The exploitation can be carried out by individuals or those involved in local gangs, county lines or radical groups. Grooming can occur at home, at local clubs or religious groups, at school or in the streets. There is no safe space, only safe relationships.
This course helps carers understand and respond to the needs of children and young people placed with them who could be at risk of exploitation.
- Have a grounded knowledge and understanding of child exploitation
- Be aware of how children and young people are affected by grooming and exploitation and understand behaviours they may present
- Understand the vulnerabilities and indicators
- Look at how vulnerable people are groomed, coerced, and forced to assist perpetrators.
- Understand the risks for the young people in your care
- Understand the grooming process and links to technology
- To know where to go for support for young people and families
- Understand how this fits into the broader context of safeguarding and our legal responsibility and how we should respond
Format: This is a live training session through the platform "Zoom". It includes taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, whole group discussion
Hand-outs: Full hand-outs and sources of further information will be provided
Certificate: A certificate will be provided upon the completion and evaluation of the course