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    Q940: What do I do if I suspect a child is being groomed?

    Grooming can occur face to face or over the internet and involves any communication with a child in order to commit a sexual offence. The individual does this by forming an emotional bond with the child to gain their trust - this can then lead to the offence of child sexual exploitation (CSE) being committed.

    If a child is being groomed they may display unusual behaviours which you need to look out for; these may include -

    • becoming anxious or clingy
    • change in eating habits
    • self harm/suicidal
    • taking drugs or alcohol
    • missing school

    If you are concerned about a child, you can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or you can report it directly to them via the following link -

    For further support and advice on grooming and CSE , please see the links in related information.

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