Advanced Child Exploitation Training (ACE)

Improve your knowledge about county lines / child criminal exploitation, radicalisation, trafficking and modern day slavery. Our two-day course is delivered by experts with a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience in their fields. Equip yourself with new approaches to improve how to safeguard children at risk and holistically support their affected families.

Course learning outcomes

  • Understand the different forms of child exploitation
  • Explore the different methods of grooming, the impact this can have on children’s lives and the potential signs to be aware of
  • Enhance your knowledge of key legislation, policy, national approaches and good practice
  • Understand how trauma can impact memory, emotions and behaviour and how to adapt your support to meet the needs of families who have experienced trauma
  • Learn how contextual safeguarding can increase the scope and success of disruption tactics available to professionals
  • Understand the impact of child exploitation on families, and how to work along families to increase your capacity to safeguard children

“Brilliant delivery. Engaging and powerful as these trainers have life experience.” – CSE Health Practitioner,2019

Course description

Child sexual exploitation, trafficking and modern day slavery
Explore current legislation and approaches to tackling child exploitation. Introduction to the benefit of trauma-informed practice, contextual safeguarding and the negative impact of victim blaming. Explore how various disruption tactics can be used to safeguard children at risk and listen to lived experiences of parents affected by child sexual exploitation.


Understand the different forms of terrorism across the UK and what procedures are in place to identify risk, make referrals and combat radicalisation. A real-life case study is presented, to explore how a fast-paced Channel planning team assemble, co-ordinate and approach prevention.

Criminalisation (including County lines)
Understand how children are being criminally exploited, the methods offenders use to groom, the characteristics of county lines operations, how to identify signs of child criminalisation and safeguarding guidance.


£275, Online, £350, Face to Face

Discount available for multiple bookings. You can also commission us to run the course in your workplace if you have a large number of staff wishing to attend. Please get in touch to find out more.

Who is this course for?

All practitioners with experience of working with people affected by child exploitation or who are looking to move into this area from a single specialism. This includes but is not limited to:

• Staff working within or alongside child exploitation multi-agency hubs
• Social workers
• Family intervention officer, family support worker, troubled family worker
• Independent and voluntary sector CSE workers
• Missing from home specialist
• Police community support officer (PSCOs) and police constables (PCs) with a CSE specialism
• Care home workers
• Foster carers

About the speakers


Tony Saggers

Tony completed a 30 year law enforcement career in 2017 as the National Crime Agency Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence, including a leading role in the national response to county lines, delivering ministerial briefings and working closely with Home Office and NPCC Leads. His background is in investigations, specialist evidence, covert operations and intelligence. His wider portfolio involves consultancy on organised crime, international drug trafficking and illicit markets in the UK and overseas, drawing from experience of working in over 40 countries worldwide.


St Giles Trust

St Giles Trust is a charity helping people facing severe disadvantage to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. They help them to become positive contributors to local communities and wider society. You will hear from three ex gang-members and ex-offenders, who will give you a direct insight into how county lines gangs operate and how young people are targeted by criminals.


Jangeer Kayani

Jangeer has 30 years’ experience in the West Midlands Police, finishing his last 10 years as a Detective Inspector working on Prevent and Channel within the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. He is an authority on Prevent and the Channel process. He was responsible for coordinating the restructure of the Channel panels in West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire and Staffordshire Police Force areas.


Bob Spencer

Bob Spencer is the Prevent Coordinator for a large midlands local authority. He has been responsible for embedding the governments Prevent strategy and helping all local specified authorities meet the requirements of the 2015 Counter Terrorism and Securities Act. He has a passion for academic research and is generally regarded as an authority on current thinking around the topic of Counter Terrorism.

Upcoming courses

16, 17 September, 2020
This September, our ACE will be accessed by learners online, with the ability to watch and interact with our live trainers and other course participants. It will be a blended style of learning, with the same content and structure as our traditional ACE. Our guest speakers will also be on hand in each module for live Q and As.

13, 14 January 2021
In January, we will be offering learners the option to either access the course online or face to face. In January 2021, for those attending the course in person, we have planned measures in place to ensure our learners can work at individual work stations within our training room, which won’t compromise the quality of their experience or the ability to collaborate with other learners. Leeds courses will run from the Pace Head Office in Leeds. Our office is easily accessed from the city centre, and there is ample nearby parking.

For our online learners, the experience and content will be of the highest standard led by our expert live trainers, including guest speakers, break out rooms and the chance to network.

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