Dates released for our Masters level CSE short-course – Spring 2018


We have now released dates for our five-day short course ‘Understanding the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People’ for Spring 2018.

Location: University of Bedfordshire Luton campus

Dates: 16th April, 17th April, 23rd April, 24th April, 4th May (all running 10.00 – 16.30)

Cost: £540

The course is delivered by staff from the award-winning ‘International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ at the University of Bedfordshire.

It runs over five days and takes a participatory approach, encouraging students to learn from one another as well as the academic team. The teaching draws on contemporary research, policy and practice learning to increase students’ understanding of, and ability to effectively engage with, the issue of child sexual exploitation. Key areas covered within this include:

  • The new 2017 CSE Guidance;
  • Definition and interpretation;
  • Different forms of CSE;
  • Prevention;
  • Identification and risk assessment;
  • Involving young people as partners in protection;
  • Addressing perpetration;
  • Adopting a contextual safeguarding approach.

There are two possible modes of engagement:

  1. Without assignment – students receive a certificate of attendance
  2. With assignment – students receive 15 Masters credits, upon successful completion of an assignment.

You can read about how and why we developed the course in this blog post by Fiona Factor.

Previous participants of the course have found it informative and valuable for their practice.

I found the CSE short course a very valuable learning experience and particularly appreciated the setting, the variety of students (multi-agency professionals and MA students), the structure of the course and the variety of teaching staff. The current content and unpicking of tricky concepts such as the overlap between victimhood and agency and where CSE fits within a broader spectrum of sexual violence were helpful and very relevant to my work.  (CSE Education Officer – Voluntary Sector)

The course itself was detailed, taught by interesting and knowledgeable staff and generally very well run. I left the course with a greater confidence in my ability to identify and appropriately deal with CSE within my work. It also gave the opportunity to speak with other professionals about their experiences and talk about best working practice. I would recommend this course to anyone whose work involves CSE. (Simon Abery, CSE Point of Contact, Police)

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. To register your place, please email Dr Debbie Allnock at