CSE: Prevention, Protection & Prosecution

Cost effective, interactive bespoke course providing practical and theoretical learning around child sexual exploitation (CSE) prevention measures; protection & support of young people at risk of/victims of CSE, and ways to aid criminal investigations.



Recommended For:

Managers and front-line practitioners in all sectors working with children, young people and families, who have a general awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Course Overview:

This course presents learning about child sexual exploitation split into three modules within the day: prevention, protection and prosecution. Each section will begin with a group discussion around what we currently do about each of these headings in our roles. This will provide delegates with initial learning from other sectors.

We will first look at practical approaches to working with young people at risk to prevent them becoming victims of child sexual exploitation. We then look at how to respond to a child that is a suspected victim of CSE. Finally, the course looks at prosecution of perpetrators and best practice for children going through the criminal justice system (CJS) following CSE.

On completion of the training:

  • You will be provided with an up to date list of resources to use when working with young people, categorised by age and gender where appropriate.
  • You will also be given the chance to purchase our Cruel Kindness resource with a 10% discount.

Interactive learning methods and exercises involved in the course:

  • Case studies for interactive discussions based on our own experiences of working with children and young people at risk of and affected by sexual exploitation.
  • An exercise on the myths and stereotypes of victims and perpetrators.
  • How would you categorise risk? Exercise.
  • An exercise on consent with group discussion.
  • An exercise on examples of poor recording, using examples from actual case notes and misper reports, and how we might improve them.
  • A quiz on social networking and apps.
  • An exercise using our resource Cruel Kindness – featuring examples of the sexual exploitation of a boy and a girl – to explore how we assess risk, record information and collect evidence.


By the end of the course, participants will have an understanding of:

Introduction: –

  • The prevalence of CSE, with examples of national and regional referral figures, as well as recent and ongoing enquiries.
  • Statistics in relation to CSE and the factors that might affect their accuracy.
  • The linkages between grooming models and the problems with using them as tools  in isolation.
  • The links between psychological and sociological interpretations of sexual exploitation and abuse using academic theory and research.

Prevention: – 

  • The importance and influence of healthy relationship and consent education for young people, the awareness of parents and the wider community in recognising CSE, and conducting effective return interviews for missing children.
  • The internet culture, online risks and how to tackle them including the latest research conducted into online grooming.
  • The differences between online and offline sexual exploitation and the increasing opportunities for perpetrators online.
  • How we change our referral processes to reflect online sexual exploitation.
  • Some of the typical CSE indicators, risk levels and additional vulnerabilities.
  • Why young people who are sexually exploited go missing or run away and how going missing can increase young people’s risk of being sexually exploited – looking at the push and pull factors.

Protection: – 

  • Methods of protecting children at risk of CSE and victims including: early intervention, reducing victim blaming, timely reporting, challenging poor practice and effective multi-agency working.
  • Using indicator tools effectively – with consideration for the pros and cons of using a scoring system to measure risk.
  • Using local procedures and toolkits effectively, including conducting safeguarding risk assessments, the referral process and the challenges of responding to CSE.
  • The social model of consent
  • The ecological model of CSE with examples
  • What a child-centred approach to CSE really looks like

Prosecution: – 

  • The challenges of prosecuting.
  • The laws and legal frameworks relating to CSE.
  • Proactive investigation methods and disruption options and techniques using case examples.
  • Gathering and sharing information, including collecting evidence.
  • Best practice when supporting a child through the criminal justice system during prosecution of CSE cases.
  • Important themes and learning from University of Bedfordshire’s International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation’s ‘Making Justice Work’ research project.

Conclusion: – 

  • The impact of existing and ongoing research, enquiries and serious case reviews on the future of our response to child sexual exploitation.
  • The essential foundations of best practice released by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.


“The course was very useful and interesting. I feel better able to identify CSE risk factors and key indicators and challenge issues of consent in relation to CSE.”

“The films were very impactful and a great way of learning.”

“Will definitely recommend this training – very well presented and very knowledgeable trainer.”

“Really enjoyed the balance of interactive group learning and listening.”

Course Style

We use a mixture of slide presentation, video resources, case studies and small group work in each of our training sessions.

Who we’ve trained

  • Social care – social workers, youth workers, children and family services, local safeguarding children boards, missing person’s teams, youth offending services
  • Education professionals – including school nurses, PSHE or Safeguarding Leads
  • Healthcare professionals – including GPs and sexual health advisers
  • Police, probation and youth offending services
  • Residential children’s homes and fostering
  • Voluntary and community sector practitioners
  • Organisations working in safeguarding, child protection, youth mental health, homelessness, addiction, counselling, victim support, rape and sexual abuse services

We are now only running this course as a bespoke. If you would like to train your staff in CSE Prevention, Protection and Prosecution and discuss how the above can be tailored to your needs including your local safeguarding board’s CSE toolkit and referral process, please contact us by calling 01332 362 120 or emailing us.

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