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Online Grooming can occur anywhere where a private conversation is being held. This not only includes websites, online forums and social media but extends to online gaming (where chat facilities are enabled), mobile apps – basically anywhere with a chat facility.
Chat facilities can give an impression of talking to someone in private and this can lead to people building up a relationship and confiding in each other.
Be on guard against groomers on:
Communication on the internet is public and perceived as anonymous which can dupe children into a false sense of security – people feel less inhibited online and more free to talk in a way that they wouldn’t in person. It is important to remember that it is very difficult to verify that the person you are talking to online, is actually who they say they are.
Groomers sometimes use false identities or fake profiles and photos to talk to young people online. They can be skilled at getting victims to disclose as much information as possible about where they live, their phone number, what their hobbies are and even sexual experiences from children. This could potentially escalate into showing examples of pornography in order to help persuade a child to take part in sexual activities.
A groomer may pose as another child in order to gain the trust of their victim. Often a groomer will pretend to be a person that understand the child’s concerns and may give their victim the impression that they are one of the few friends they can trust. This can result in a child letting their guard down and disclosing things or taking part in activities that they would never usually do.
A groomer may force a child to do any of the following:
Groomers may force a child to take part in sexual abuse by threatening to send copies of pictures, videos or conversations to the child’s families or friends. Images or videos may continue to be shared long after the sexual abuse has stopped.
We have a new Central Clinic for Sexual Health services in Wakefield.
Our teams have moved from their previous premises at Margaret Street and King Street and are now at the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre (ground floor, behind Asda Living).
You can contact the clinic on 01924 846628 or email@example.com
Spectrum to provide services in the North West Prison Cluster
Spectrum Community Health CIC has been selected as the new prime provider for 3 prisons in the North West Prison Cluster.
This is great news and will see Spectrum delivering healthcare services for:
- HMP Preston (category B male prison – capacity around 842 men)
- HMP Lancaster Farms (category C male prison – capacity around 550 men)
- HMP Kirkham (category D male prison – capacity around 658 men).
Spectrum already provides healthcare services in secure environment estates across the North of England.