What does it mean? – G


This page is part of our handy list of definitions and explanations of some of the terms that you might have come across but didn’t know what they meant. If you think we’ve missed something, let us know, and we’ll look at added it to the list. 

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The Government is a set of people who can make and change the laws. Every area in Britain sends an MP (Member of Parliament) to London to sit in the House of Commons. It’s here that all laws are made. The Government is run by the Prime Minister and his top-ranking MPs, called the cabinet.


Grooming is when someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse or criminal exploitation. Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know – for example a family member, friend or professional. Groomers may be male or female. They could be any age. Many children and young people don’t understand that they have been groomed, or that what has happened is abuse. If you are worried this is happening to you talk to your carer, a teacher, your support worker or call ChildLine on 0800 1111. For more information, head to the NSPCC website.

Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

A guardian ad litem (“GAL”) is an attorney appointed by the court to investigate a case and report its findings and recommendations to the court. The investigation, report, and recommendations are based upon the best interests of the child. The GAL is a lawyer for the child and works in the best interests of the child.