This CPD-accredited training uses a simulation to allow you to gain a deep understanding of online grooming and the sexual exploitation of young people. It featured in ChildLine's National #listentoyourselfie campaign looking at unhealthy relationships.

This CPD-accredited training addresses the issues of online grooming and the sexual exploitation of young people. By using an interactive simulation, you can gain a deep insight into the grooming process and its implications.

The simulation tackles the complexities of what could, at first sight, appear to be a normal relationship. Through the use of social-media style interface, you learn about grooming by tracking the behaviour of the groomer and gain insight into the implications for the victim. 

The training covers how to use the interactive storyline when working with children and young people in groups or one to one sessions, using the incorporated reflective questions to promote robust discussion on what constitutes healthy and unhealthy relationships.  After the training you have access to the simulation for a year. 

Screenshot from Looking out for Lottie simulation, part animation part real people

Knowledge and skills

The training provides you with knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • definitions and prevalence of CSE in the UK
  • messages from research, reports and serious case reviews
  • how to increase young people’s awareness of online grooming and child sexual exploitation
  • how to promote discussion among young people, enabling them to identify and discuss indicators of online grooming and to reflect on healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • the reporting process for young people’s concerns around online grooming and internet safety
  • how to identify children at risk of CSE
  • how to refer children and young people for further help.

[Lottie is an] engaging and informative resource that I can use with parents and staff. Really valuable and eye opening.

Headteacher, May 2019

Our partners

Looking out for Lottie was developed with NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and updated in collaboration with the NSPCC, Lottie is designed to raise awareness of, and to prevent, child sexual exploitation and grooming. It is styled to incorporate aspects of the latest social media apps to appeal to young people. It was the winner of The Guardian University Award for Digital Innovation 2016. 

For more details, on the development process, please go to our research website.

The Looking out for Lottie simulation is designed for:

  • teachers to use with young people in the classroom or 1to1
  • vulnerable adults
  • child protection professionals including healthcare workers and youth group leaders.

Please see our booking page for details. 

The simulations are available for organisations, individuals and independent trainers. We are also happy to arrange a bespoke group session at your organisation.
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Before booking your place, please note: unless formally agreed by the University of Kent, licences may not be used to generate income, licence holders may not be commissioned to deliver training and are not permitted to share enrolment details with others. Licences are for use within schools/organisations or for own CPD. Please read the Terms and Conditions before booking your place on the CPD session.

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