About the programme

The Professional Development Scholarship Programme supports intensive and sustained learning around practice addressing child sexual abuse. It targets professionals who have clear, structured plans and capacity to improve their expertise, and who seek to influence practice and learning in their field.

Individual grants of up to £5,000 are awarded through an open, competitive application process.

The grants support recipients to undertake a mix of:

  • external training and development activities planned by the applicant;
  • intensive exposure to Centre learning, including a three day learning event;
  • links with the Centre’s Practice Improvement Advisers;
  • networking with other scholars and expert contacts;
  • support around applying learning in their practice context;
  • sharing good practice and the newly acquired skills and knowledge.


Call for applicants with a focus on working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities

This call for applicants has now closed.

Round 1, advertised in September 2017 supported a wide range of professionals and practitioners engaged in work with children and young people.

Round 2 of the Centre’s programme has a particular focus on supporting professionals whose work has a substantial focus with BAME communities and individuals. This focus will support a need to address knowledge and practice development for working with (BAME) individuals and groups who might be marginalised from more mainstream services and approaches.

Key features of the programme

  • The grants support recipients to undertake a mix of external training and development activities planned by the applicant
  • It provides intensive exposure to Centre learning, the key element of which is a three day learning event hosted by the Centre and contributed to by the scholars, as well as other leaders and academics in the field.
  • It provides a structured opportunity to connect with experts through the Centre
  • It promotes cross-disciplinary sharing of expertise
  • It will enhance a network of practitioners and experts working in the field of CSA and with BAME communities.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be explicit in regard to how the professional development scholarship will better serve their work with BAME communities and individuals.

Essential criteria:

  • be a practitioner of professional undertaking direct work addressing child sexual abuse;
  • have a substantial focus on working with BAME communities and individuals;
  • have significant experience in practice, or involvement with services (applicants from leadership roles are required to demonstrate how their planned activities will relate directly to front line practice).

Applicants should demonstrate: 

  • a well-developed, achievable plan for professional development in their area;
  • experience and understanding around working with BAME communities;
  • excellent communication and relationship building skills.

Desirable criteria:

  • prior experience of public speaking, publishing or formally presenting.

The Centre anticipates that a range of individuals and practitioners might apply, including those working in

  • therapeutic or supportive roles
  • community development or educative roles
  • social care
  • police
  • individuals with lived experience
  • roles engaging with people who sexually offend, including with young people involved in harmful sexual behaviours.

Application forms should be completed and emailed to info@csacentre.org.uk no later
than 11 June 2018.

As we anticipate a large number of applicants only the successful candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will take place on 27 and 28 June 2018 via telephone, skype or in person. 

Professional Development Scholarship Application Form (Word Doc, 0.2 MB)

Professional Development Scholarship FAQ's (PDF, 0.6 MB)