Ariel have welcomed an opportunity to work with Merseyside Police Violence Reduction Partnership to help increase awareness of criminal child exploitation in Knowsley primary schools.

Building on the success of the Merseyside wide rollout of Ariel’s criminal child exploitation resource ‘Grassing or Grooming?’, the partnership with Merseyside Police will offer further support to Knowsley schools to help children to understand the issues of gangs and grooming.     

Ariel’s ‘Grassing or Grooming?’ lessons help children to not only understand the motivations and intentions of others, but importantly, to also develop positive communication skills which enable them to ask for help.

The new initiative will see Knowsley Police Community Support Officers visit seven Knowsley primary schools to deliver sessions that will support the issues tackled within the resource once schools reopen following lockdown.

Schools have very much welcomed the opportunity to work collaboratively with partner agencies to ensure the safeguarding and welfare of their pupils who are or may be at risk from exploitation.

“We are looking forward to starting the ‘Grassing or Grooming?’ lessons in our school. This initiative supports our Personal, Social and Health Education programmes and can help our children make informed and healthy choices about issues such as, grooming techniques, drug use and keeping themselves safe”.

It is hoped that this joined up coherent approach to criminal child exploitation will be offered to further schools in the future.