Exploitation and grooming

Exploitation is when someone tricks you into doing something for them.

Grooming is when someone prepares you to do something unsafe or illegal for them.

Two people drinking and looking at each other, with a speech bubble that says would you?

You may be at risk of being exploited or groomed if a new friend asks you to do ‘favours’ for them.

A wrapped gift.

Or if you are given expensive presents.

Two people talking and one person sitting looking upset.

Or if strangers visit your home.

Can of beer and bag of drugs

Or if you are offered alcohol or drugs.

Speech bubble that says you're amazing!

Or if someone suddenly gives you lots of compliments.

Mobile phone and a laptop

Or if you are given money, phones or other electronic devices.

Person holding a parcel.

Or if someone asks you to carry or deliver a parcel for them.

Man holding his finger to his mouth

Or if you are asked to keep secrets.

Two people shaking hands with a speech bubble that says Trust me.

Or if someone tells you to trust them.

Call your local police. 101. In an emergency always call 999.

If you think this might be happening to you, tell your trusted adult or call 101 to talk to the police.

Thames Valley Police Logo.

Or talk to a police officer.

Crimestoppers: 0800 555111. 100% annonymous. Always.

Or, if you do not want to give your name, call Crimestoppers.

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