During the Autumn term of 2020, which was disrupted by lockdown, 50 teachers from 18 Liverpool schools attended teacher training workshops. These where delivered as part of Ariel’s Grassing or Grooming programme.

The new Grassing or Grooming resource contains a short film and asks primary school pupils to think about the grooming processes that criminal gangs use to engage children in criminal activity. Pupils step into the role of the victim and the bystander and practice communication skills that they might use, to communicate with responsible adults, should that find themselves subjected to real life grooming.

It is important that our resource remain accessible despite the pandemic, they already benefit from being online. This means that they can be accessed from any classroom on Merseyside. However we have now begun delivering teacher training via Zoom and offering schools telephone support to use these resources.

This tweak to our service delivery model means that more schools than ever are accessing our resources and working with us to address grooming in all of its forms.