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Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young People (short course)

Why study this course?

The course will extend your knowledge base in relation to the sexual exploitation of children and young people including an exploration of definitions, prevalence, intervention and protection, perpetrators, and policy and legislation. Historical continuities in the form and nature of sexual exploitation will be examined in a national and international context, as well as the role of digital technologies.

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This course will explore the research evidence about sexual exploitation of children, the range of forms of exploitation and the contexts in which it occurs. You'll examine the history of sexual exploitation in a national and international context and the current policy focus. The impact of sexual exploitation and promising practices responding to young people will be explored, as well as what research tells us about the motivations of those who abuse and exploit. This course is important for professionals and practitioners working in social care or at a policy level in charities and other related fields who want to increase their knowledge of the evidence base on sexual exploitation.

This course will cover:

  • definitions of sexual exploitation
  • a gender analysis of sexual exploitation and debates about the sex industry
  • sexualisation of children in popular culture
  • policy and practice responses including criminal justice and safeguarding frameworks

In particular, the course will cover the following topics in detail:

  • forms of sexual exploitation, eg. trafficking, abusive images of children, and online grooming
  • perpetrators of sexual exploitation

By the end of the course, you'll be able to understand and critically evaluate perspectives on sexual exploitation and the sex industry, including to what extent global research evidence supports them, as well as define, identify and explain various forms of sexual exploitation of children and young people.

Assessment

This course is accredited at an MA level as part of the Woman and Child Abuse MA. If you're taking this course as a short course, assessment is not compulsory.

To gain the 20 credits for the course, the assessment consists of an annotated bibliography, an individual presentation based on the bibliography and an essay. Full guidance and support sessions are built into teaching time.

A good degree in a relevant subject or experience of delivering policy and/or support services is required alongside proficiency in written and spoken English.

This course is delivered from 10am – 5pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 3 and Friday 4 May 2018
  • Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May 2018
  • Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June 2018

The teaching methods will include group work, lectures, guest lectures, workshops and audio-visual material. Case study material will be supplied as well as recommended reading to support each session.

How to apply

Please download the Enrolment form 2016-17‌ and send to fsshshortcourses@londonmet.ac.uk‌.

The cost for this course is £885. Please pay online through our eShop.

For more information on course content, please contact the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit on +44 (0)20 7133 5014 or the course administrator via email to fsshshortcourses@londonmet.ac.uk.

When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

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