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Barnardo's Online Grooming Survey 2016

Author : Carron Fox and Gunes Kalkan (December 2016)

Price : Free

This snapshot survey of five Barnardo's sexual exploitation services across the UK shows the prevalence of online grooming and the number of children who had gone on to be sexually exploited after being groomed online.

Of the 702 children that had been supported in the services taking part in the survey, 297 had been groomed online. Of those, nearly two-thirds (182) had met the person that groomed them online and had been sexually exploited by them through contact offences. It's crucial parents make their children aware of the dangers online and explain how they can keep themselves safe. Governments must also ensure all primary and secondary school children have age appropriate and sensitive lessons on sex and healthy relationships.

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