National Child Sexual Exploitation Group


The National Child Sexual Exploitation Group is no longer active. It was formed in 2016 and concluded its work in June 2020.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Group will work with us to implement the national action plan to prevent and tackle child sexual exploitation, and also to develop proposals for policy and practice improvement in relation to the action plan within the wider context of child sexual abuse.

It is accountable, in the interim, to the Scottish Government's External Advisory Group under the Child Protection Improvement Programme, and will also provide updates at Child Protection Committees Scotland (CPC Scotland) meetings.

The group's key aims are to:

  • strategically oversee the actions in the National CSE Action Plan
  • share knowledge across CPCs and locally between services
  • raise awareness of the issues and build on local knowledge
  • promote understanding and expertise
  • coordinate information on research and developments in policy and training and models of working
  • act as a reference point for consultations or comment on CSE
  • formulate suggestions and proposals as to how improvements can take place within the wider existing and developing social policy agenda in Scotland
  • raise awareness through national professional networks


  • Barnardo's Scotland
  • Care Inspectorate
  • Child Protection Committees Scotland
  • Children 1st
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Education Scotland
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  • NHS Scotland
  • Police Scotland
  • Rape Crisis Scotland
  • Scottish Government
  • University of Stirling




Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Scottish Government
Child Protection Policy Team
Care and Protection, Area 2A (N)
Victoria Quay

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