Level 4 Accredited Qualification in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP)

Informed by over 25 years of working with affected families, the ACSEP course is taught by highly experienced Ivison Trust staff, affected parents and leading experts from the fields of social work, police and academia.

This training course is extremely helpful and informative. It covers a vast range of information surrounding CSE and offers opportunity to discuss experiences and explore things in a safe open environment. The trainers have fantastic resources for you to explore further and share honest experiences. The guest speakers are amazing and share the reality of their experiences, its heart wrenching but needed and I cannot thank them all enough.

Course Overview

The course is an NCFE accredited Level 4 qualification. NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

The content covers:

  • The latest research on trauma
  • Best practice in working with marginalised groups
  • Practical skills in how to support CSE affected families from disclosure through to the court process
  • Training in therapeutic and reflective practice.

ACSEPs are CSE specialists, armed with a toolkit of cutting-edge methods in supporting affected families and helping investigations through to prosecution.

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Online Learning

Our ACSEP will be accessed by learners online, streamed live via MS Teams, with the ability to watch and interact with our live trainers and other course participants. Our guest speakers will also be on hand in each module for live Q and As. We have been working closely with the NFCE to ensure the experience for our learners continues to be of the highest standard.

Upcoming courses

 

Course Starting Module One Module Two Module Three
April 2024 15th,16th, 17th April 2024 18th April, 20th, 21st May 2024 22nd, 23rd May 2024
June 2024 10th,11th,12th June 2024 13th June 15th,16th July 2024 17th, 18th July 2024
October 2024 14th, 15th,16th October 2024 17th October 11th,12th November 2024 13th, 14th November 2024

Cost

£685

We can provide advice on funding options for the course. Payment plans are also available for those wishing to pay in instalments.

If you are an organisation wishing to commission us to deliver the course to multiple staff members at your place of work, we offer discounts for block bookings. Contact us to find out more about any of these options or ask anything about the course.

“The best training investment we have made to date within our company” – ACSEP graduate

Commitment and Content

The award is a 8-day commitment, split into 3 modules:

Module one: Working with a victim and their family

Module two: Understanding trauma and supporting families through the criminal justice system

Module three: Multi agency working and online exploitation

Download the module content here (PDF)

“This training course is extremely helpful and informative. It covers a vast range of information surrounding CSE and offers opportunity to discuss experiences and explore things in a safe open environment. The trainers have fantastic resources for you to explore further and share honest experiences. The guest speakers are amazing and share the reality of their experiences. It’s heart wrenching but needed and I cannot thank them all enough” – ACSEP Graduate, April 2022

Who the course is suitable for

Candidates should have experience of working in CSE, in roles such as:

  • Social worker
  • Foster carer
  • Family Intervention Officer, Family Support Worker, Troubled Family Worker
  • Independent CSE Worker
  • Missing from Home Specialist
  • PSCOs/PCs with CSE specialism

Entry requirements

The following entry requirements are necessary to be accepted onto the course

  • An understanding of issues faced by young people and their families particularly in relation to sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding agencies and Local Safeguarding Children’s Board roles
  • Knowledge of child protection procedures
  • Relevant qualification, i.e. social care, probation, health, criminology, or demonstrable experience of work within a related field.

100% of graduates would recommend the course to a colleague and 100% believe that it is value for money

Assessment and Post-course Support

Students are assessed through a mixture of presentations, online assessments and assignments.

All those who pass the course are invited to join our Register of ACSEPs and will benefit from ongoing support and information from Ivison Trust.

About the speakers

You will hear directly from people who have been affected by child sexual exploitation, who will share the realities of day-to-day life with this form of abuse. You will also hear from frontline professionals working in the field, such as:

Affected parent

An affected parent will talk about his lived experience; how his child was groomed and exploited, how this impacted his family and the support he received from children’s social care social services and the police.

Dr Sarah Hall

Dr Sarah Hall has extensive experience as an academic researcher in child exploitation, influenced by her early career in youth work and parent support. Sarah is passionate about the importance of family-centered, holistic support for families affected by child exploitation. Some of Sarah’s recent publications are below:

Link to Change

An organisation supporting young people affected by sexual child exploitation.

Listen up research

Listen Up Research is an organisation which focuses on improving outcomes of marginalised young people and their families. Through research, consultation and training they campaign to embed intersectional into best practise for professionals supporting young people.

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir Afzal OBE is the former Chief Prosecutor for North West England and prosecuted the ground breaking CSE case in Rochdale. During his 24 year career for the Crown Prosecution Service, he prosecuted and advised on many cases involving child sexual exploitation, gender based violence and honor based violence.

Mark Whelan MBE

Mark Whelan, an ex Detective Sergeant of Lancashire Constabulary has 23 years of experience in policing and managed one of the first multi-agency teams who dealt with child sexual exploitation as a specialism. Mark recently received an MBE for his services protecting young people from sexual exploitation.

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