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Online Grooming & Sexual Exploitation: Cyber Safe Advice

What it is, how you can identify signs of it happening, and how you can help to prevent it.


If something's not right, don't ignore it - speak to someone. The Warwickshire CSE webite has full information about support available if you, or someone you know, may be at risk. In an emergency always dial 999. 

Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking.

Online Grooming

Children and young people can be groomed online or face-to-face, whether it is a stranger or someone they know (a family member, friend or professional).

Groomers can be male or female, and of any age.

Many children and young people don't understand that they have been groomed or that what has happened is abuse.

Online Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

When sexual exploitation happens online, young people may be persuaded, or forced, to:

  • send or post sexually explicit images of themselves
  • take part in sexual activities via a webcam or smartphone
  • have sexual conversations by text or online

Abusers may threaten to send images, video or copies of conversations to the young person's friends and family unless they take part in other sexual activity.

Images or videos may continue to be shared long after the sexual abuse has stopped.


Further Support & Information

For local support relating to these issues, visit the Warwickshire CSE website.

For more information and advice, please visit the NSPCC website.


If you think that a child is in immediate danger please dial 999 or you can call Warwickshire Police on the non-emergency police number, 101 about a child you think may be at risk.