Disrupt, Investigate, Protect and Prosecute Course (DIPP)

Do you want to gain an understanding how you can work more effectively with the police and local authorities to help pursue offenders and protect children who are being sexually or criminally exploited?

Our 1 day course will provide an insight into how legislation can be employed to protect children from being exploited, what tactics the police use to investigate offenders and the process involved in prosecutions.

Our course will be delivered by Mark Whelan, an ex Detective Sergeant of Lancashire Constabulary who 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.

Course Learnings

  • Understanding how disruption techniques can be used to safeguard children at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation
  • Understand the processes involved when investigating offenders of child exploitation
  • Recognise the support needs of witnesses and victims when entering the judicial process

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who works with children and young people at risk of exploitation, or who comes into contact with children and families in their role.


Online £65
Face to Face £90

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.

Upcoming Dates

8th February 2021

This course will streamed live for our course learners, with the ability to interact with our expert trainer and other participants.

Book your place

Free training for professionals in North Yorkshire

Funded by the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, professionals who are based in North Yorkshire and work alongside children and young people are eligible.

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About the trainer

Mark Whelan, Training and Partnerships Manager

Mark worked for the Lancashire Constabulary for 24 years, gaining experience across specialisms as an Intelligence Officer, CID Detective and Public Protection Officer. For over 14 years, Mark ran the Engage team, a co-located multi agency child exploitation team that was one of the first 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. Mark now works for Pace where he designs training on child exploitation and drives the growth of the Pace relational safeguarding model though the development of partnerships.