Challenging Men's Demand for Prostitution Short Life Working Group


Programme for Government (2021 to 2022) commits to develop a model for Scotland to challenge men’s demand for prostitution. In order to achieve this, an expert Short Life Working Group (SLWG) was set up in November 2021. The group’s role was to support the design of the fundamental principles which will guide the development of a Framework – previously described as a model.

It is comprised of relevant public bodies and the third sector, and will support our efforts to tackle men’s violence against women. 

The principles will aim to embed equality, human rights, and safety at the very heart of the new Framework. The group discussed key themes including challenging demand and deterrence, service support, and national and local approaches.

The reference group has been kept updated on progress, and provided opportunity to input. Alongside the SLWG, two key pieces of research have been published to inform and shape the Framework. They highlight the very personal stories behind those involved in prostitution, the need to better understand and tackle the stigma that many feel, and the international efforts aimed at tackling men’s demand. The group held its final formal meeting in April 2022, although engagement is ongoing to finalise the principles with a view to publishing later this year.


Short Life Working Group (SLWG)

  • NHS Lothian
  • Public Health Scotland
  • UK Feminista
  • Scottish Women’s Aid
  • Encompass Network
  • Violence Against Women Partnership Network
  • The Improvement Service
  • TARA
  • Alan Caton former Detective Superintendent of Suffolk Constabulary
  • Police Scotland (advisory capacity)
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (advisory capacity)
  • Scottish Government officials

Reference group

  • A Model for Scotland
  • Zero Tolerance
  • Victim Support Scotland
  • Academia
  • NHS
  • Cross-Party Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Scottish Government officials representing policy interests relevant to the work of the SLWG
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