Managing Challenging Behaviour NCFE Level 4:

‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Young People’


The Releasing Potential Institute offers an NCFE Level 4 course in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Young People’. The six-day course is the only training of its kind available to professionals, and leads to a Level 4 qualification for all learners who complete their assessment. The Level 4 NCFE qualification is equivalent to an NVQ4 (Foundation Degree year).

The training engages with current theories and offers practical strategies to those working with young people in a range of contexts; it aims to allow learners to better manage problem behaviours and develop meaningful interventions in their professional lives. Unlike other courses, ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Young People’ focuses on professional practice and not government policy or strategic solutions to the growing problem of the sexual exploitation of young people.

As part of a specialist school for children who have been excluded from mainstream education, we provide course tutors who are experts in frontline delivery to children and young people who are either at risk of sexual exploitation, or have been/ are being exploited. Releasing Potential School offers bespoke education programmes to children with these sorts of issues, and we specialise in dealing with the behaviour that occurs as a consequence of sexual exploitation.

The Challenging Behaviour Level 4 course is comprised of five teaching areas:

Module 1: Understanding Personal Responses to Working with Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

Module 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

Module 3: Using Choice Theory and Recognition Theory to Understand Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

Module 4: Social Pedagogy in Curriculum Development and Delivery to Sexually Exploited Young People

Module 5: Practical Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviour in Sexually Exploited Children and Young People

Formal qualifications are not a requirement for the course, but learners are required to be working with children or young people at risk of sexual exploitation in their professional role. The qualification is assessed based on a portfolio of evidence from professional practice, including reflective statements, group presentations, in-class activities, practice observations from senior colleagues at work and co-production of work with young people. Portfolios can take between 12 and 24 months to complete after attending the six-day training, but 12 months is the indicative timescale for completion. Full support and guidance in the form of tutorials, web and telephone access to tutors and work placement opportunities (where necessary) will be given to any candidates undertaking the course. The course is most suited to experienced practitioners (Teachers, Instructors, Social Workers, Civil Servants, Local Government, or LSAs, TAs, and Classroom Assistants with extensive experience) or those working at a leadership level in community organisations or the third sector.

In order to take part in the course and complete the assessment, students need to be working regularly with young people; they also need the capacity to make detailed reflections on their own practice, and to contribute to discussions and group activities on the course. Assessment can be submitted in a range of media, for example video and audio recordings, but a good level of literacy is needed. The level of theory with which students are required to engage is significantly more complex than in the Level 3 course. *

The course is usually held at our Chichester school site, but can be delivered off-site on request. The course and qualification includes six days in the classroom, with tutorial support (via web, telephone and in person) and the opportunity for placement work if necessary. The course cost £1000 per candidate inclusive of VAT. This includes all materials, training, formative feedback and registration for the qualification and certificate.

Our next dates for the six-day NCFE Level 4 course are:

  • Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th March 2018, then Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd May 2018, and Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th June 2018.

For an informal conversation about the format of the course or candidate suitability please call Dr Catherine Brennan or Dr Alex Gray at Releasing Potential on 02392 479762 or email us at


* Learners who have already completed our Level 3 course in ‘The Management of Challenging Behaviour’ may register to undertake additional portfolio work and attend two days on the Level 4 course at a cost of £400 to ‘top up’ their qualification to an NCFE Level 4.


Releasing Potential Institute
Unit 7 Kingscroft Court

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Company No: 4622100


023 9247 9762