Level 4 Accredited Award in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP)

Informed by over 23 years of working with affected families, the ACSEP course is taught by highly experienced Pace staff, affected parents and leading experts from the fields of social work, police and academia.

“Everybody working with families and children who are victims of, or at risk of, CSE should do this course” – ACSEP Graduate

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Course Overview

Bookings are open for our 2019 ACSEP Course programme. Places fill up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The course is an NCFE accredited award at level 4. 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.

Course dates and locations

All of the below 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.

Lunch is provided on each day.

Course Starting Module One Module Two Module Three
September 2018 (SOLD OUT) 26, 27, 28 September 2018 24, 25, 26 October 2018 26, 27, 28 November 2018
April 2019 9, 10, 11 April 2019 28, 29, 30 May 2019 1, 2, 3 July 2019
September 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019
January 2020 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020

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


Commitment and Content

The award is a 9-day commitment, split into 3 modules:

Module one: Working with affected families

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)

“From attending just 9 days, I have improved my skill set, knowledge and practice” – ACSEP Graduate, July 2017

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 Pace.

About the trainer

“Excellent – she clearly knows her stuff” – ACSEP graduate, 2018

“Very experienced and knowledgeable. Eloquent and articulate.” – ACSEP graduate, 2018.

Lindsay Dalton created this, the UK’s first Advanced CSE course, has set up multi-agency partnerships across the country and supported families to achieve convictions in high profile CSE court cases. She brings decades of knowledge and frontline experience and is fluent in the most up-to-date issues, practice and legislation within child exploitation.


£1595 early bird (book 6 weeks before course start date)

£1800 full price

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

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.

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