Grooming in the 21st Century: How Children are Recruited for Sex, County Lines and Terrorism by Letise Sampson is part of the 2020 Dreams series of publications aimed at raising awareness and engaging with at-risk youth.
Stranger danger has been an evergreen topic in schools and the media for decades but the stereotype of the sinister male child abductor who tricks kids into his car is only one tiny example of the risks children face. What about the friendly shopkeeper who provides free chips to you and your friends? What about the computer guru you chat to on Discord every night? The teen girl you made friends with on Snapchat (is she really a teen girl?) The new mate you meet up with after school, the one with the smart trainers?
It’s time for a reboot in our understanding about what grooming is, who groomers are, what they want and how they operate. This book is designed to raise awareness of the existence and extent of child grooming today, including the many different ways grooming manifests in the UK.
How do you spot a predator? Who is most at risk? Is terror recruitment a form of grooming? What about County Lines? How can kids stay safe online? What do we do if we suspect grooming? How do we even talk to our sons and daughters about this thing? These questions and more are addressed within.
N.B. The digital e-book version is copyright protected (no printing or copying material) it is intended for use on PC, Macs, tablets and phones only; for physical use, order the hard copy version.
Download a free sample copy here >> Grooming in the 21st Century