Grooming of Adults that are Vulnerable

This session is targeted at professionals and volunteers who support vulnerable adults living alone in the community either in their own homes or rented accommodation or care homes.

Grooming itself is not listed as one of the 10 categories of harm in The Care Act, but many of the types of harm listed, including modern slavery, physical, sexual and financial abuse, can happen as a result of grooming.

In this session you will understand that adults are vulnerable to grooming as much as children and how vulnerabilities link with targeting risks and increased grooming opportunities.

You will explore the issues of adult grooming, including the signs of grooming and ‘vulnerability’ factors.  You will have an increased awareness of the grooming methods used, how to minimise risks of professional abuse and helpful interruption techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What is grooming?
  • Awareness of the signs of Grooming
  • Understand why vulnerable adults are targeted and increased ‘vulnerability factors’
  • Increased awareness of where groomer operate e.g., postal, online (dating websites), telephone, face to face
  • How a code of conduct interfaces with grooming activity by professionals
  • Best practice – how to minimise risks to being groomed
  • What to do if you have a concern about a vulnerable adult being groomed? Case studies.

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