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Are you worried that someone is contacting you and your friends? Grooming happens to boys and young men too!
Grooming is when someone convinces you or your family or carer that they are a safe and trustworthy person so they can sexually exploit you. This can happen to anyone.
Young people can be groomed online or face-to-face, by a stranger or by someone they know. Online groomers sometimes hide their identity and pretend to be the same age as you, so you fall into a false sense of security.
A Groomer can make you feel like they are the only person who will listen to you, pay you compliments, show interest in you and make you feel grown up. They may do this by offering you a friendship, a relationship or by becoming your boyfriend or girlfriend. They may attempt to groom your parents or carer too, by becoming their friends as well.
A person who grooms may spend a long time getting to know all the finer details about you for example
Here are some warning signs that someone may be grooming you
If you are a young person you may find it difficult to accept you have or are being groomed, you may feel embarrassed, ashamed, guilty, or scared. YOU don’t need to be any of these things. Remember you have done nothing wrong and there is lots of support available for you. Groomers often target a number of young people at the same time. There will be other young people experiencing similar things as you. If you think you may have been groomed or think you know someone who has been groomed, speak to someone you can trust. This may be a relative, friend, teacher, teaching assistant,Youth Worker, Youth Offending worker, Social Worker or a Volunteer.
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Criminal exploitation can happen in any area and to any young person. Children and young people can be coerced in one form or another into committing crimes in exchange for something that they might need.
Sometimes adults who young people believe they can trust will move young people around via various methods of transport including trains, cars, taxi’s for the purpose of criminal activity and/or so other adults can also exploit them too.
When this happens, perceptions of others can sometimes mean that our children and young people are stereotyped and can be left feeling they are being labelled as criminals. Others may believe that young people who engage in these risky behaviours are seen as being willing to take part in illegal offences. This can make children and young people fearful of asking a trusted adult for help or support when they most need it or accessing the support that is right for them.
You may have heard of County lines already but unsure of what it actually means.
It is an illegal drugs market where young people are recruited and exploited for the supply of Class A drugs(normally Heroin, Crack Cocaine) on behalf of others, usually gangs.
Originating from large Cities, young people are coerced into travelling to locations elsewhere such as county or coastal towns. Gangs typically recruit and exploit children and young people to courier drugs and cash via transport and reward them with gifts such as money and gifts like clothes and mobile phones. This then makes the criminal activity look appealing and glamourous to young people.
The use of debt bondage is a common feature in the criminal exploitation of children and vunerable adults with threats of/or harm taking place. Gangs will tell young people that they owe the group money and have to work off the debt leaving the young person no choice but continue engaging with criminal activity and feeling isolated.
Young people are often sent to areas where they are unaware of their surroundings, making it a really risky environment to be in and lack of knowledge of who or where to go if they feel they are out of their depth and need support. Their only contact would be with other gang members who will not want to be identified to the police or other agencies and making it difficult for young people to access support.
You may have heard of “cuckooing”. This is the police term used when a vulnerable person’s home (adult) is taken over by criminals who exploit, coerce and bully their victim to assist with their criminal activities and the address that the young person would drop off their drugs too.
The property is used as a base from which to sell drugs, and mobile phones are used to order more drugs via couriers (young people) who travel by train or car.
Children and/or vulnerable adults are often pressured to become drug couriers, assist with theft, burglary and allow their homes to become drug dens or used for Child Sexual Exploitation.
Gangs use various methods to recruit young people and vulnerable adults often through a form of deception, grooming, threats to harm.
There are many signs that you can look out for if you feel that someone is involved in criminal exploitation.
Remember it is not ok for someone to make you get involved in criminal activity. It is a form of abuse and it is against the law.
It is not always easy to recognise that you have been groomed into engaging in criminal activity. You may have been told that you will not get into any trouble.
Youth and Family Support, East Riding - eastriding.gov.uk
Help for Children and Young People 0800 1111 nspcc.or.uk
CEOP - Think you Know - thinkuknow.co.uk
Young People's Sexual Health in Hull and the East Riding - wearecornerhouse.org
MESMAC- The BLAST project just for boys - mesmac.co.uk
Local Campaign around Child Sexual Exploitation - notinourcommunity.org