Child sexual exploitation: a guide for health practitioners

Guidelines for health practitioners on identifying and responding to a child or young person who may be at risk of or affected by sexual exploitation.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Be aware and alert to possible indicators of child sexual exploitation.
  • Ask questions when you have concerns.
  • Consider accessing further information from health record systems or by calling another health professional who may know the young person.
  • Use the screening/risk assessment tools available to record concerns and guide your decisions.
  • If in doubt, seek advice from a more experienced colleague, e.g. Child Protection Paediatrician or Child Protection Advisor.
  • If you have a concern, make a referral in line with local Child Protection procedures.


Email: Katrina McDonald

Phone: 0300 244 4000 - Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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