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Child Sexual Exploitation

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The majority of children and young people in the UK grow up to have happy and healthy sexual development, free from harm. However, some do not.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that happens in all communities and much of it remains hidden and unreported. It can happen to young people regardless of gender and can be perpetrated by men, women, children and peers.

This course is designed to support clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff in identifying victims of CSE. Drawing from learnings from recent serious case reviews, this course will help you to:

  • Describe what CSE is, and that protection from it extends to everyone under 18 years
  • Recognise vulnerabilities and circumstances which indicate a risk of CSE
  • Recognise the physical, emotional and circumstantial indicators that CSE has taken or is taking place
  • Take confident action if you suspect a child or young person is at risk, has been or is being abused
  • Maintain your focus on the young person, their safety and wellbeing
  • Recognise that the needs of a child must always be paramount

This course was developed in collaboration with Health Education England and NHS England.


  • How do I register/pay for the course?

    For courses that are chargeable, card payment can be taken through the Brook website using the secure payment service Stripe. You will then be directed to our e-learning platform, Brook Learn, and automatically enroled on the course you have purchased. Please read the course page carefully for details about enrolment periods.

    If you are unable to pay by card, or if you wish to purchase access to the course for someone else, please contact, referencing the course you wish to purchase, to discuss other payment options.

    Many of our Brook Learn courses are free, so there is no charge. All you need to do is register (it only takes a minute) and you’ll have unlimited access.

  • Where do I go to take the course?

    All of our e-learning courses are hosted on Brook Learn, our dedicated online learning platform for professionals. Brook Learn has a range of free courses designed to support you in your work with young people and your delivery of RSE, covering core themes such as: Contraception, STIs, Pleasure, Consent, Puberty and Abortion.

    There are also courses on How to Deliver RSE, Child Sexual Exploitation and Harmful Sexual Behaviours.

  • Can I access the course any time?

    Yes – the courses are designed for you to complete in your own time and at your own pace.

    Once you have registered, you can access the course at any time on the Brook Learn site. You don’t need to complete the course in one go as your progress will be saved.

    You will need to log in to Brook Learn each time using your account details. You only need to register once to access all the courses on Brook Learn. Free courses will be automatically accessible and chargeable courses will become available once your payment has been processed.

    Please note: some courses, for example Traffic Light Tool, are subject to a limited enrolment period, please read the course page carefully for details and contact if you have any questions.

  • Can I buy access to the course for someone else?

    Purchasing one of our e-learning courses using card payment via the website will only allow the purchaser to access the course.

    If you want to purchase the course for someone else or for a group of people, please contact for other payment options.

  • I have another question, where can I get help?

    If your question is about using the Brook Learn platform, for example a course won’t load or you are having problems resetting your password, please contact the Brook Learn helpdesk.

    For enquiries about alternative payment methods, other training options and group training, please contact

    If you have a question about anything else, including course content or issues with card payment, please email

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After purchasing the course here, you’ll be re-directed to our e-learning portal, Brook Learn.