Relational safeguarding: a model for child exploitation that works

Former chief crown prosecutor for north-west England Nazir Afzal OBE has described Pace’s Relational Safeguarding Model which underpins its Level 4 Accredited Award in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP) as a “model that works”.

Pace’s nine-day NCFE accredited ACSEP Award increases delegates awareness and understanding of how to work alongside families affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE) to:

• strengthen safeguarding arrangements for the exploited child
• increase the potential for robust intelligence, evidence and conviction rates
• recognise the impact of CSE on the wider family.

Nazir Afzal OBE explains: “I am a strong advocate of Pace’s Level 4 Accredited Award in Child Sexual Exploitation (ACSEP). Pace’s Relational Safeguarding Model underpinning this training enables us to strengthen safeguarding arrangements and gather much better intelligence. It also shows how we can work alongside parents and carers to successfully prosecute offenders.

“We need to change our approach to working with families affected by child exploitation and criminalisation across all sectors, and I believe Pace’s training programme is an excellent vehicle for making this happen. Based on over 20 years’ experience, Pace’s Relational Safeguarding model is a model that works.”

Pace designed its Relational Safeguarding Model and ACSEP Award directly alongside families affected by child exploitation who share their expertise and learning with ACSEP delegates.


The ACSEP course is taught by experienced Pace staff, and leading experts from the fields of social work, police and academia. Graduates become CSE specialists, armed with a toolkit of cutting-edge methods in supporting affected families and helping investigations through to prosecution. Delegates learn:

• Practical skills in how to support CSE affected families from disclosure through to the court process
• The latest research on trauma
• Best practice in working with marginalised groups
• Training in therapeutic and reflective practice

Feedback includes:

• “I’ve already taken so much back. I’ve already made changes in our practices, staff training, passing on the information I’ve learning, streamlining it for staff. I’ve learnt so much and would strongly recommend this training to anyone interested in making a difference.” Foster Care Agency Director

• “What Pace have proved is that they have an approach that works. We know we are having successes with parents and carers. We know we are having better successes with children safeguarded in their own home, and exiting from CSE also.” LA Commissioner

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