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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (2023) made 107 recommendations to the Government to address child sexual exploitation and abuse. The Governments response to these recommendations was published May 2023 and this training reflects the potential impact for us all. The Government’s 'Tackling child sexual abuse strategy' (Feb 2021) calls for the need for everyone to play their part, 'across every part of Government, across all agencies, all sectors, charities, communities, technology companies and society more widely'.

Who is Child Sexual Exploitation aimed at?

This training is for anyone working with children and young people as child sexual exploitation is wide reaching and any child or young person can be vulnerable regardless of their age, ability, gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, social and financial environment. Any child can be a victim of child sexual exploitation and the issues can be complex depending upon the child, the perpetrator, the form of grooming and the wider safeguarding context. As part of community, health, social work, or education it is important to understand the part you play as an influential adult and your role in safeguarding to prevent children and young people from becoming victims of exploitation and abuse.

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, delegate will be able to:-

  • To understand the definition of child sexual exploitation and the connection with child criminal exploitation and human trafficking.
  • To gain knowledge of the process of grooming and the different forms of sexual exploitation
  • To identify signs and indicators of sexual abuse and exploitation
  • To understand the vulnerabilities of children and young people
  • To understand the importance of contextual safeguarding
  • To gain knowledge of sexual offences related to child sexual exploitation.
  • To understand the barriers to disclosures and reporting
  • To understand the significance of language and victim blaming
  • To know how to recognise, respond, record, report, and refer.
  • To understand the importance of “reachable” and “critical” moments and a child centred approach which reflects the rights of the child.  


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