Health and Wellbeing
Call line report increased concern about online grooming
Posted on: 12 May 2020
Devon’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, the MASH, has seen an increase in the number of calls reporting inappropriate online activity.
The MASH is the way that anyone in Devon can report a concern about a child’s health or welfare.
With schools remaining closed to many young people and social distancing measures restricting socialisation, children may be at increased risk of sexual exploitation, while having limited access to friends and school support.
One safeguarding professional said:
“Just as people are using social media and the internet to stay in touch during lockdown, perpetrators are using technology to groom children, young people and adults now through social media, chat apps and online gaming, intending to meet up with their victims later.
“We want people to be aware of the risks when online, to know how to protect themselves from risk, and to know how to report it if they see it.”
If you are concerned about who your family member or friend might be talking to online visit the Safer Devon Partnership website for advice and guidance. #Exploitation #SpotTheSigns #SaySomething
To report a concern to the Devon MASH, telephone 0345 155 1071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and give as much information as you can.