EYES OPEN

DRUG GANGS ARE GROOMING KIDS IN MERSEYSIDE

Know what to look out for and who to help

 

 

Know what to look for

You can spot exploitation in a number of different ways. Sometimes you may just get a feeling that something is not quite right. The following examples might suggest that someone you know is being exploited:

 

 

 

• They go missing from school or home,
sometimes for weeks
• They have more than one mobile phone.
• They become more secretive,
more withdrawn
• They start lying
• Maybe you just feel something doesn’t ‘feel
right’ but you can’t suss it out
• They have new, unexplained gifts
• Receiving excessive calls or messages from
new and unknown ‘friends’
• Unexplained amounts of cash
• Getting picked up or dropped by cars by
unknown people
• They have unexplained bus or train tickets.
• Mixing with older men or women
• Coming home late, or not at all
• Carrying a knife, gun or other weapon –
or storing them
• Trying to conceal bruises, marks or injuries
• Self-harm or significant changes in
emotional wellbeing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Know who to help

Criminal gangs look for vulnerable people they can control. They groom young people under the age of 18, teenagers and young children. You might think you, your friend or the young person in your community is in control of their choices. However, if you see any of the signs mentioned on this website, you or they could be in danger.

 

 

Know who to call

If you’re being pressured to do something you know is harmful. Or if you know someone showing the signs covered on this site.

THERE ARE PEOPLE READY TO LISTEN AND TO HELP.

 

 

MERSEYSIDE POLICE
You can call on 0151 709 6010 or 101.
If it’s an emergency ring 999.
merseyside.police.uk

DM the police on Twitter or Facebook: @MerPolCC
Instagram: @merseysidepolice

 

FEARLESS
Fearless is a safe place where
you can report a crime, and get information:
fearless.org/en
You can also find more help at
Safeguardingresourcehub.co.uk

 

Resources for teachers

Child criminal exploitation, grooming and 'County Lines’ are difficult subjects to teach. As part of this campaign, we’ve put together a support pack to help explain the signs of exploitation, the different actions and behaviours we might see in the child abusers who are doing the grooming, and of the victims themselves. The more the young people know, the more they can keep themselves, and their friends, safe.

 

 

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