If someone is being groomed, it can be hard for them to talk about, even with a friend. Sometimes they might be feeling embarrassed or ashamed, or they may think that by telling someone the problems will only get worse or they will get into trouble. This isn’t true, and by telling people, the person being groomed will be able to get lots of help and support
If you are worried that a friend or someone you know is being groomed or they’ve confided in you, they might not want you to tell anyone, however, it’s important that you speak to someone you trust and get help and support for them, as this is the only way that grooming will stop. Your friend might be angry with you at first, but keep showing them support and letting them know that you are there for them.
- Tell an adult you trust. You may feel scared to talk to someone about this, or be worried you may get your friend into trouble, but telling someone can really help them to get out of a difficult situation
- Report it (or ask an adult to) to the Police. There is a special part of the Police that is responsible for protecting children and young people from grooming called CEOP