Online grooming can happen to both boys and girls, of any age, whether you are gay or straight and no matter where you’re from or what your cultural background is.
If you have met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to do something that you feel uncomfortable with you should tell an adult who you trust.
If this is happening to you, or you are worried it could be happening to someone you know, there are people that can help.
If you are being sexually abused it is never your fault and you will not be blamed or judged for anything that has happened.
If you need to talk to someone about something that has happened to you online you should always speak to a trusted adult. Talking about a problem can often make you feel better and you shouldn’t feel embarrassed, shy or ashamed.
If you have been the victim of online grooming, or sexual abuse, there are people who can help. It’s a good idea to talk to someone that you trust like a parent, carer, family member or teacher.
West Yorkshire Police has specially trained officers who understand, will listen to you and will help to make it stop.
You can contact our Safeguarding Units across the county:
Bradford Safeguarding Unit: 01274 376116
Calderdale Safeguarding Unit: 01422 337041
Kirklees Safeguarding Unit: 01924 335073
Leeds Safeguarding Unit: 0113 3859590
Wakefield Safeguarding Unit: 01924 878390
You can also contact the police in a non-emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, by calling 101.
In an emergency, where a crime is in progress, or there is a danger to life, always call 999.
If you would like to talk to someone in confidence you can also contact:
Childline – You can call them free on 0800 1111 and this number won’t appear on a telephone bill. Available 24 hours a day.
ISIS – Are an independent Leeds-based organisation working with girls and young women against sexual exploitation. Their expert help and support is confidential and free.
Tel; 07710 304308
BLAST- Supports boys and young men who have been, are being, or are at risk of being sexually exploited.
Tel; 0113 2444209
Text 07808 863662
CEOP – www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Leeds Safeguarding Children Board – www.leedslscb.org.uk
Wakefield Youth – www.wfyouth.co.uk
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board – www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk
Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board – www.calderdale-scb.org.uk
Bradford Safeguarding Children Board – www.bradford-scb.org.uk