Grooming in the 21st Century: How Children are Recruited for Sex, County Lines and Terrorism by Letise Sampson is part of the 2020 Rising 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.
This book is written by Letise Sampson who shares personal and shocking stories of the grooming activity he experienced and witnessed while growing up. Updated for the modern technological age and containing case studies from high profile media reports, this book is a vital resource for young people, parents, teachers and anyone with a duty to protect children and teens from predators.
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.