Teachers, school staff, parents and other agencies working with children need a greater awareness of the risks of sexual exploitation. Schools have a vital role to play in the identification and support of children who are at risk of grooming or sexual exploitation.

This course offers staff, volunteers and governors the opportunity to increase their understanding of sexual exploitation and develop a whole-school approach to identification and support.

Aims and outcomes

  • Raise awareness of sexual exploitation and the grooming process.
  • Enable staff to identify key warning signs and know what to do if exploitation or grooming is suspected.
  • Explain the roles of multi-agency safeguarding partners.
  • Show how to use an information-gathering tool to inform an appropriate response to concerns.
  • Explain how to make a detailed and well-informed referral about sexual exploitation or grooming to children’s social care.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Safeguarding your pupils
  • Unit 2: Developing a whole-school framework


Ann is director of The Child Protection and Safeguarding Consultancy. Formerly a NSPCC Education Adviser and national lead Education Adviser for safeguarding disabled children, Ann has extensive experience in supporting children’s services to...