There’s been an increase in the number of reported child grooming cases in Essex.
Fifty-four were recorded in the year up to June – up from fifty in the previous twelve months, while nationally the rise is an alarming sixty-four percent.
Emily Cherry, Head of Participation at the NSPCC, has told Radio Essex everyone has a role to play in tackling the problem.
“We know how much grooming happens online, so the online industry needs to step up and take action on grooming, but also give parents the confidence and tools to talk to their child so that they understand who they’re speaking to and how to support them.”
You can listen to the full interview below…