We will always hope that the ‘grooming’ of children will never happen to our own children. However, as part of our duty to keep children safe, there are aspects that parents may wish to be mindful of. Below is a suggested timeline, from Barnardo’s, which has some suggested signs to consider. It may be that you spot these as a parent, you over hear a conversation or your child confides in you about one of their friends. Increased awareness and reporting anything that you suspect to child services or the police will help to reduce the damaging impact of such behaviour.