Child Sexual Exploitation & Child Criminal Exploitation (CSE & CCE) Awareness Training

Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation Awareness
£30 +VAT

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) are important issues that anyone working with children, young people and/or families should have knowledge of.

This CSE and CCE Awareness course helps practitioners to understand the complexities of child exploitation issues, including who is most at risk, how children become involved, signs that exploitation is occurring, and why young people respond in the way they do. The course also provides essential information on what constitutes best practice for responding to concerns and making referrals to social care.

This course was updated on 28/09/2021 to include relevant changes in Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) 2021 guidance.

  • Developed by a qualified child protection professional
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people and/or families. Everyone who works with young people – whether full-time, part-time or on a voluntary basis - has a responsibility to keep them safe from harm. This includes being aware of CSE and CCE issues and understanding how to respond appropriately.

Child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation awareness training is essential for those with safeguarding responsibilities, including police officers, social workers, teachers, housing officers, youth service workers, residential workers, and foster carers.

If you have not taken child protection training before then we'd recommend taking our Introduction to Safeguarding Children course in addition to this Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation Awareness training. 


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course content

1Introduction to CSE and CCE

What is child sexual exploitation, what is child criminal exploitation and county lines, why is training important, who should take this course, myth-busting, children most at risk, models of exploitation, and laws against exploitation.

2CSE: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, and Consequences

How do young people become involved, the link between CCE and CSE, vulnerability, case studies, what is known about perpetrators, warning signs of exploitation, CSE hotspots, emotions that accompany CSE, why young people don't disclose abuse, why young people may return to their abusers, talking about CSE, and the impact of sexual exploitation.

3CCE: An In-Depth Look

What is CCE, county lines, cuckooing, laws around CCE, case studies, factors putting children at risk, protective factors, indicators of CCE, how victims are recruited, consequences of CCE, why victims won't speak out, and the importance of early intervention and post-abuse support.

4Best Practice for Responding to Concerns

Your responsibilities, making a referral, the role of social care, child protection plans, the role of the police, the role of other services, the role of Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships, raising awareness, and further reading.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand why learning about child exploitation is important for your role.
  • Understand what is meant by the terms CSE, CCE, and 'county lines'.
  • Understand the law in relation to child exploitation, as well as which children are most at risk.
  • Have an awareness of how young people may become involved in, or targeted for, exploitation.
  • Understand the ways in which a young person may react to abuse, including why they may not disclose information, even if they are in police custody.
  • Have knowledge of the impact that exploitative abuse can have on young people and their families.
  • Understand what constitutes best practice for responding to concerns, including referrals to social care.
  • Know the roles that social care, the police and other services (including schools) play in regards to preventing, responding to, and raising awareness about CSE and CCE.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.