How we help.
Groomsafe is a platform that is dedicated to inform parents/ carers and teaching professionals by raising awareness. We simply break down behaviour stereotypes about young people and build bridges of quality communication that bring understanding between social groups.
Groomsafe seeks to safeguard children and young adults against the dangers of specific manipulation wether it is sexual or criminally motivated. We offer non judgemental advice via motivational workshops, which we deliver to local schools, youth organisations and parents that have a distinct need to understand the complexity of processes such as 'County Lines' and Child Trafficking.
Our aim is to concentrate on teaching people the values of a responsible relationship and equip them with the understanding of how people may use relationships to manipulate others.
Our work has led us to work with educating children and young adults with disabilities such as autism, teaching them about the dangers of manipulative relationships.
Working alongside other agencies, we help to locate and rescue young people that have been drawn into these extremely complex criminal organisations.
Clearly violence is a part of our society, when we ourselves resort to violence to resolve conflicts. With violent acts being carried out almost on a daily basis, we must not become desensitised, and must constantly educate ourselves about the consequences and healing the impact. We must still look towards the positives in every situation. We must never give up on our society as it has the foundations of a wonderful place for all to grow and learn about life.
Our ethos is, If we as adults, parents and carers all work together we can push against this current trend of violence on our streets. When we can push, we can pull, and when we pull we can help.
For years, we have been saying that the young people need to see what a working model of a community looks like, as many of them have no values or beliefs about what one is. Unfortunately many adults share the same lack of beliefs, and this is part of the challenge we all have ahead.
Communication is the key to every change that we need.
As parents, carers and professionals, we must approach this in a much more flexible way. A better understanding of popular culture is needed to facilitate effective communication between young people and us as parents, carers and professionals.
We must strive to interpret language and mannerisms that young people display. Much of this changes very rapidly. Once we have a firm understanding of what situations are facing young people growing up in todays society, we can produce and facilitate the fundamentals of a fruitful society.
My work around preparing young people for the road ahead, has lead me into many different aspects of youth work. Currently I am working with several organisations that specifically deal with young people with special needs. This is proving to be a crucial part in grooming and abuse. With so many children displaying challenging behaviour in education, the result for many of them is exclusion or a specialist provision, this unfortunately has been instrumental in the schools to prison pipeline that we are seeing emerging amongst specific groups of young people.
My expertise and experience enables me to understand the needs of most young people, and to offer them the solutions that they require to go on and become a value to their communities and beyond.
In my opinion no young person should have to face a future without certainty and this is what motivates me to keep going.