Our child exploitation training for professionals is informed by over 25 years’ of working one-to-one with parents of exploited children. It covers sexual exploitation, child criminalisation (county lines) and modern slavery.

Our child exploitation training for professionals is informed by over 25 years’ of working one-to-one with parents of exploited children. This training programme covers sexual exploitation, child criminalisation (county lines) and modern slavery.

Child exploitation conference

Learn through Live Experience – Child Exploitation Conference
Monday 18th March, Manchester
Join with colleagues from across the country to learn from parents with lived experience of child sexual and criminal exploitation. Improve how you safeguard children at risk of exploitation, share barriers you are facing and develop creative responses you can apply in your role. Book your place

Online learning

Learn from the comfort of your desk with our popular free cse e-learning course. Find out more about Online learning

1 day courses

Contextual safeguarding

Learn the theory behind Contextual Safeguarding and how to put it into practice with our Relational Safeguarding Model.  Find out more

Advanced contextual safeguarding

Learn from real life experience and academic theory, giving participants the opportunity to apply contextual safeguarding to a real case study and hone their assessment planning skills. Find out more about Advanced contextual safeguarding

2 day course

Advanced child exploitation training

Gain an in-depth understanding about child sexual exploitation and county lines / criminal exploitation, understand the impact of trauma, key legislation, contextual and relational safeguarding and how child exploitation impacts victims and their families. Find out more about Advanced child exploitation training

8 day course

Level 4 accredited qualification in CSE (ACSEP)

Gain an extensive understanding about child sexual exploitation, the impact of trauma, how to work effectively with victims and their families, disruption tactics, legislation, how to use contextual and relational safeguarding approaches, how to support families through the court process, how to work effectively in multi-agency teams and online exploitation. Find out more about Level 4 accredited qualification in CSE

Our Training Team

Dr Sarah Hall – Senior Trainer and Research Co-ordinator.

Sarah is a professionally qualified youth and community worker. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20yrs, mainly in the field of child exploitation.  She has two Masters; The Ethics of Social Welfare and, Social Research Methods and Evaluation (Social Work) and a PhD. Her doctorate explored social workers’ understandings of CSE and sexually exploited girls. She was awarded the Association of Child Protection Professionals Research and Practice award in 2019. Her paper, “She doesn’t have to get in the car: exploring social workers’ understandings of sexually exploited girls as agents and choice-makers, was published in Children’s Geographies in 2019.

Sarah has worked as a trainer and evaluator within a multi-agency child exploitation team in South Yorkshire and currently works at Ivison Trust as a trainer and research consultant. She has also worked as a trainer for the Contextual Safeguarding Network and as an evaluator on a number of independent evaluations relating to CSE and the abuse of women and girls.

Her main areas of interest are Contextual Safeguarding; supporting parents affected by child exploitation and professionals’ understandings of the agency of exploited young people.


Mark Whelan – MBE

National Training and Partnership Coordinator

Mark worked for Lancashire Constabulary for 24 years, gaining experience across specialisms as an Intelligence Officer, CID Detective and Public Protection Officer. He was awarded a professional qualification, a post graduate diploma from Dundee university in 2010.

For over 14 years, Mark managed a co-located multi agency child exploitation team that was one of the first in the UK to deal with child sexual exploitation as a specialism. Receiving numerous awards, the team was recommended by OFSTED as being an exemplar to dealing with the complex issues that arose during exploitation investigations. Mark retired from the force in 2019 having served the majority of his career as a child-centric officer working with exploited children. He was awarded an MBE for his services to policing by Queen Elizabeth II in her 2020 Birthday Honours list.

Mark now works for Ivison Trust where he uses his experience designing and delivering training on child exploitation and helps drive growth of our Relational Safeguarding Model though the development of partnerships.