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Grooming is the process by which an individual prepares a child, significant adults and the environment for abuse of this child. It frequently takes place undetected by others and it is rarely disclosed by the victim. As illustrated by the Serious Case Review into the crimes committed by William Vahey (link), grooming can have devastating effects on its victims and on the wider community. 

This article helps organisations to identify, prevent and tackle grooming. It sets out the typical modus operandi of groomers and the common features associated with this process. It looks at both in person and online grooming and it provides practical advice to organisations on the steps which they can take now to protect children from grooming in the future.

Please click here to read the article in full.

If you require further information on anything covered in this briefing please contact Katie Rigg ([email protected]; 020 3375 7607),  Professor Andy Phippen ([email protected]) or your usual contact at the firm on 020 3375 7000.

This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

© Farrer & Co LLP, January 2016

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