Police organise web chat on internet grooming

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West Yorkshire Police has teamed up with others for a web-chat on issues of internet grooming.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOP) and Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) are taking part in the hour long discussion.

It takes place tomorrow (Tues) between 7 pm and 8 pm via the link www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse

The event forms part of the force’s ongoing campaign “Know the Signs” designed to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Ingrid Lee, Jonathan Baggaley, Head of Education at CEOP and Chief Executive Officer, Gill Gibbons from Pace, will be answering questions and providing advice.

T/ACC Lee said it is vital that people understand the indicators of the crime.

“The web-chat focuses upon on-line grooming and is just one element of our Child Sexual Exploitation campaign.

“Victims may not be aware that they are being groomed and are often befriended online by offenders due to their vulnerability.

“Our web-chat aims to use the same platform to bring people’s attention to the indicators of this crime and empower them to take action.

“It is an opportunity for people to log on, ask any questions they may have, and receive advice from professionals in their area of expertise.”

You don’t have to give your personal details during the web-chat and only a username will appear which can easily be changed for those wishing to remain anonymous.