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Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Summary

Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Summary

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ISBN: 9781786525024

Definition of child sexual exploitation for Scotland, and summary of how the definition should be applied.

Executive Summary

As set out in the Update of the National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (March 2016), The Scottish Government commissioned the University of Bedfordshire to develop a definition of child sexual exploitation and its relationship to child sexual abuse in partnership with Scottish stakeholders.

This will ensure that all practitioners and agencies use the same definition to facilitate joint risk assessments and effective multi-agency responses.

The following paper contains the new definition of child sexual exploitation for Scotland and a summary of key contextual considerations that should inform all professionals’ and agencies’ interpretations of their child protection responsibilities in relation to this form of abuse.

A full practitioner briefing paper is also available.