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. Our previous course sold out and places fill up quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Early bird offer available.


The course is an NCFE accredited award at level 4. NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals.

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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

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.

London courses will run from YHA St Pancras. It’s conveniently located on Euston Road across the road from Kings Cross St Pancras and Euston stations.

Course Starting Module One Module Two Module Three
April 2019 – Leeds (SOLD OUT) 9, 10, 11 April 2019 28, 29, 30 May 2019 1, 2, 3 July 2019
September 2019 – London 11, 12, 13 September 2019 23, 24, 25 October 2019 20, 21, 22 November 2019
January 2020 – Manchester 21, 22, 23 January 2020 18, 19, 20 February 2020 18,19, 20 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

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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 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:

Nazir Afzal OBE


“An inspiring figure, forensically intelligent” – Times Editorial, 2013

Nazir was Chief Crown Prosecutor for north west England and most recently Chief Executive of the country’s Police & Crime Commissioners. During a 24 year career, he has prosecuted some of the UK’s most high profile cases and led nationally on topics including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse and honour based violence. His prosecutions of the so-called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection ever since. In 2005, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his work with the CPS and involvement with local communities. He has also had the honour of being the only lawyer to ever prosecute a case before the Queen.

Fiona Broadfoot


“For all the women who are invisible, who are stuck in hell because they can’t move on because they daren’t go for jobs. That’s who I fight for” – Fiona Broadfoot

Fiona Broadfoot is an activist and founder of the Build a Girl project, a survivor-led social enterprise working with young women at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation. A survivor of child sexual exploitation herself, Fiona was coerced into prostitution at 15. She managed to leave 11 years later, with nothing but the clothes on her back, and has been an activist ever since. She has now worked with more than 500 young people, through weekly groups (for ages 9-18) that offer a safe space to talk and be creative; and one-to-one support for girls who have experienced sexual violence.

Lindsay Dalton

Lindsay Dalton

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

Lindsay created this, the UK’s first Level 4 Accredited Award in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP), 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.


£1170 early bird (book 6 weeks before course start date)

£1350 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 or ask anything about the course.

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