The Practical Safeguarding and Child Protection: Sexual exploitation and grooming training pack will support you and your staff in:
recognising grooming behaviours (and talking about this with students)
understanding which pupils may be particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation
identifying the changes in behaviour which could be warning signs of grooming or sexual exploitation
developing procedures which enable students to raise concerns in confidence and have them acted on appropriately.
While recent reports and high profile cases have drawn attention to the dangers of grooming and child sexual exploitation, it would be misleading to believe that it only happens in particular places or among certain groups. The best way to protect the young people in your care is to develop a culture where issues around sex and sexual exploitation can be talked about so that students are better able to recognise and acknowledge risks – but this isn’t always easy.
This resource is aimed at staff in secondary schools and FE colleges though it may be useful to primary and special schools.