Localised grooming is a form of sexual exploitation – previously referred to as ‘on street grooming’ in the media - where children have been groomed and sexually exploited by an offender, having initially met in a location outside their home.
Abuse may occur at a number of locations within a region and on several occasions.
‘Localised grooming’ was the term used by CEOP in the intelligence requests issued to police forces and other service agencies in order to define the data we wished to receive.
Some vigilante organizations use operatives posing as underage teens on the internet to identify potential child molesters and turn the information over to the police and the courts.
The news program Dateline NBC featured the recurring segment To Catch a Predator, based on documenting such activities.
Sexual grooming of children also occurs on the Internet.
Some abusers will pose as children online and make arrangements to meet with them in person.
The concept of localised grooming, in which gangs of reprobates groom neighbourhood victims, was defined in 2010 by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Detective Inspector Kay Wallace surrounded by computers, mobile phones and digital storage devices seized from the homes of suspected paedophiles.
Sexual grooming of children over the internet is most prevalent (99% of cases) amongst the 13–17 age group, particularly 13–14 year old children (48%). The majority of the victimization occurs with mobile phone support.
Children and teenagers with behavioral issues such as "high attention seeking" have a much higher risk than others.
The Rotherham sex grooming case saw in November 2010 various convictions of child sexual abusers.