Children are becoming at risk of sexual exploitation at an alarming rate across the UK. In 2016, it was reported that over 4,000 London children were ‘at risk of sexual exploitation’. The perpetrators can be people whom the children already know or the exploitation can result from online sources.
The best way in which to keep the children in your life safe from this type of exploitation is to be armed with as much knowledge as possible. Understanding how and why exploitation occurs, as well as who is most likely to be targeted, is the first step in preventing it from happening to your loved ones or children in your care.
This course goes into detail regarding child sexual exploitation. We begin by giving you a brief introduction to the topic, including a definition of the term and specific examples.
Next, we talk about how child sexual exploitation occurs, including the warning signs that you should look for and the behaviour patterns displayed by those who are most likely to start grooming children.
We then discuss the reactions that children have to being exploited.
Finally, we review the best practices for responding to and reporting allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation.
You Will Learn:
- The most common models of grooming for sexual exploitation
- The warning signs exhibited by children who may be being sexually exploited
- The emotional and physical effects of sexual exploitation
- The reasons why children may choose not to report incidents of sexual exploitation or abuse
- How to respond if a child in your life discloses sexual exploitation or abuse
Benefits of Studying This Course
- Understanding the dangers that sexual exploitation poses to the children in your life
- Learning the importance of creating an atmosphere where a child feels safe and believed
- Understanding the risks of online grooming and how to combat them
- Learning about the reporting process and why it is best to leave your name when going through the process
- Understanding more about your role and responsibilities in keeping the children in your life safe from harm
Who can take the course?
Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?
The course is broken down into 4 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although you are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.
Where / when can I study the course?
You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web-based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers, tablet devices, and smartphones so you can even study while on the move!
Is there a test at the end of the course?
Once you have completed all modules there is a multiple-choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?
The pass mark for the test is 70%. If you don’t pass the test the first time you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.
When will I receive my certificate?
Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it.
How long does it take to complete the course?
We estimate that the course will take about 2.5 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.