Groomsafe is an area that is dedicated to informing parents, carers and teaching professionals by raising awareness. We simply break down behaviour stereotypes about young people and build bridges of quality communication that bring understanding between social groups.
Groomsafe seeks to safeguard children and young adults against the dangers of specific manipulation whether it is sexual or criminally motivated. We offer non-judgemental advice via motivational workshops, which we deliver to local schools, youth organisations and parents that have a distinct need to understand the complexity of processes such as ‘County Lines’ and Child Trafficking.
Our aim is to concentrate on teaching people the values of a responsible relationship and equip them with the understanding of how people may use relationships to manipulate others.
Our work has led us to work with educating children and young adults with disabilities such as autism, teaching them about the dangers of manipulative relationships.
A total of 4,550 children were identified by UK authorities as potential victims of trafficking in 2019, up from 3,137 in 2018. Additionally, nearly half of all victims identified were children – in line with findings from the previous year. 6 Apr 2020
Our ethos is, if we as adults, parents and carers all work together we can push against this current trend of violence on our streets. When we can push, we can pull, and when we pull, we can help.
For years, we have been saying that the young people need to see what a working model of a community looks like, as many of them have no values or beliefs about what one is. Unfortunately, many adults share the same lack of beliefs, and this is part of the challenge we all have ahead.
As parents, carers and professionals, we must approach this in a much more flexible way. A better understanding of popular culture is needed to facilitate effective communication between young people and us as parents, carers and professionals.
We must strive to interpret language and mannerisms that young people display. Much of these changes very rapidly. Once we have a firm understanding of what situations are facing young people growing up in today’s society, we can produce and facilitate the fundamentals of a fruitful society.