Maryam and Joe: Behind Closed Doors Grooming for radicalisation via social media and face-to-face contact - Thursday 10th October 2024 – live online training 10.00am – 4.00pm | CPD Accredited

10:00am-4:00pm 10 October 2024

online learning day


October 10, 2024 - 10:00


October 10, 2024 - 16:00

Maryam and Joe: Behind Closed Doors is interactive on-line social-media style simulation training, which was developed by the University of Kent’s Centre for Child Protection, with funding from the Home Office. The simulation training is explained and accompanied by a live facilitator.


It is a prevent safeguarding training tool on the routes to radicalisation and extremism and seeks to educate professionals on the dangers of grooming for radicalisation via social media and through face-to-face contact.


The simulation is designed to help participants to spot the signs of radicalisation in two different scenarios:

  • Through the online, social-media life of 15-year old Maryam and her sisters
  • Through the online and personal relationships of 20-year old student Joe and his family


Objectives of the training

  • Provide a platform to develop understanding about the processes involved in radicalisation
  • Raise awareness of the processes of grooming for radicalisation
  • Heighten awareness of how children and students can be safeguarded, in particular the processes and staff involved in junior, secondary, tertiary and higher education
  • Facilitate understanding of the different ideologies that underpin extremist and terrorist organisations
  • Highlight the issues associated with children being recruited for direct action by Daesh
  • Highlight the issues associated with children being groomed and recruited to right wing organisations
  • Encourage discussion and reflect on the use and abuse of different social media platforms for the purposes of radicalisation
  • Look at the different policies and procedures that exist in organisations on radicalisation and to evaluate how they work in practice.


How does the simulation training work?

  • Using ‘traffic light’ and ‘emoji’ rating systems, participants are encouraged to input their thoughts on how and why the characters are being groomed
  • Real-life news clips from Sky news and the BBC open each scene and offer the opportunity to discuss complex topics in relation to radicalisation and British values

These include hate crime, freedom of speech, propaganda, online grooming, far right extremism and terrorism.

  • There is a live facilitator to help guide you through, and explore concepts


Advantages of this simulation training

  • Learn by doing and making ‘live’ decisions for better retention
  • Offers change of pace
  • Allows high risk decision making in a safe environment
  • Improves critical thinking by analysing of each character’s journey

Format of the training

  • This training is delivered by the Centre for Child Protection , part of the University of Kent; it takes place online, and combines pre-recorded simulation material with a live facilitator from the
  • Details of the sessions, with approximate timings, are given in the Agenda section
  • All sessions will offer an opportunity for questions


What you will get from us

  • Once you have booked, you will be emailed a brief confirmation.
  • Joining instructions will be emailed 1-2 weeks before the date of the training
  • After you have completed the training, we will email a Certificate of Attendance for your CPD records


Technical heads up

  • If you are part of a large organisation, please check with your IT department that there are no firewalls which will prevent you from accessing the training.
  • We’re here to help, so if you have any problems, just call us on 0115 916 3104 or email us on


Unforeseen circumstances

  • In the rare circumstance that the facilitator is unable to deliver the training, we will inform delegates as soon as possible, and will arrange another date for the training.



Delegate fee:


£125 + VAT


Want to book a larger group (over 10)?

  • Training can be delivered just for your group on a date of your choice


Call 0115 916 3104 or email to arrange


Booking Terms and Conditions

  • The latest date for cancellation of standard rate places is 2 weeks prior to the day of the training event; an administration fee of 25% will be charged for cancellation
  • Substitutions will be accepted, but these must be notified in writing PRIOR to the first day of the training event
  • It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that they set aside time to access the online sessions; unexpected work or personal events will not entitle the delegate to access later events without re-booking
  • In the rare circumstance that the facilitator is unable to deliver the training, we will inform delegates as soon as possible, and will arrange another date for the training.

Emma Soutar

Emma Soutar is the Lead Trainer in the Law Society and Social Justice’s Centre for Child Protection (CCP). As part of her work at CCP, she has developed an expertise in grooming, child exploitation, online safety of young people and child protection more broadly. She uses this knowledge in the development of innovative serious game simulations built in collaboration with key safeguarding stakeholders. She delivers training packages to professionals; including her recent collaboration in developing ‘May and Bay’ a serious game aimed at tackling trafficking and sextortion in Thailand and Cambodia. This was funded through UNICEF’s, End Violence Against Children Fund. She is also co-investigating an Economic and Social Research Council project aimed at developing specialist trauma informed training for police officers investigating child sexual exploitation. More information about Emma and her work can be found at


The Centre for Child Protection (CCP)

Part of the University of Kent, the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) was launched in October 2012 and from the beginning has aimed to get to the heart of child protection training by using innovative ideas and the latest technology. It is led and informed by a team of experts in the field of child protection, who have experience of working with traumatised children, young people, and families; and combines contemporary research with cutting-edge child protection simulations and an online, multi-professional and international Advanced Child Protection MA. CCP’s programmes of study are designed for a variety of multi-professional child protection workers, including social care, education, health, law enforcement, law, and specialist child welfare services.





The Prevent landscape in the UK


How simulation works!


Meet Joe – Chapter 1 – Hate crime Small group work followed by whole group discussion ( This format will be followed in throughout the day)


Comfort break


Meet Maryam – Chapter 1 – Hate crime


Joe  – Chapter 2 – Fake news


Maryam – Chapter 2- Fake News




Joe  – chapter 3 – Grooming for travel


Maryam – chapter 3 – Grooming for travel


Joe – chapter 4 – Live streaming


Comfort Break


Maryam Chapter 4 – Live streaming


Joe – Chapter 5 –  Conclusion


Maryam – Chapter 5 – Conclusion


Summing up and any final questions
  • Secondary schools
  • Virtual headteachers and staff
  • Education psychologists, learning mentors and truancy officers
  • Alternative provision
  • Higher education
  • Universities
  • Children’s charities
  • Police
  • Youth Offending Services
  • Youth services
  • Sports organisations
  • Children and family social services
  • Family support services
  • Residential care staff
  • Adoption and fostering services
  • Housing services
  • Children’s health services



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