Adult Sexual Exploitation

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 2 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

Adult sexual exploitation (ASE) is an extremely important issue for anyone working vulnerable adults and can effect a very wide range of people in multiple different ways.

This training course aims to give learners an in-depth understanding of Adult Sexual Exploitation and the many forms it can take by guiding learners through case studies and challenges to help them apply this knowledge to their work environment.

Learning how and why adult sexual exploitation happens,how to identify and define it is crucial for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities at any level. This training will give learners best practice advice on how to report and act on suspicions of abuse.

This course covers a wide range of topics to help learners gain a full understanding of Adult Sexual Exploitation. The topics covered include:

  • The definition of adult sexual abuse (ASE) and examples of who can be abused or be vulnerable to abuse
  • Examples of sexual offences
  • Sexual exploitation and consent
  • Grooming and sex trafficking
  • The indicators and impact of ASE
  • Reasons for adults accepting sexual abuse
  • Supporting victims of ASE
  • Online sex trafficking
  • How to report suspicions or knowledge of ASE
  • How mental capacity affects consent

You will learn

  • The definition of adult sexual exploitation, the relevant legislation, the offences involved
  • The indicators and risk factors for sexual exploitation
  • Why consent is important and how it’s established
  • How to respond when you suspect or know of sexual exploitation
  • Explain trafficking and its relation to sexual exploitation

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Anyone working with adults who may or may not be vulnerable
  • Social workers
  • Police
  • Teachers
  • Workers with the law

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  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

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    If you have purchased the posted certificate option, available on selected courses, a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out the following working week after completion.