The Scottish Government published the revised definition of child sexual exploitation for Scotland in November 2016
The revised definition and accompanying information has been developed as part of the Update of the National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation. The purpose of the information is to aid practitioners and agencies in the early identification of, and effective multi-agency responses for those children who may be at risk of, or victims of child sexual exploitation.
The Definition and Practitioner Briefing Paper firmly set this type of abuse within the context of child sexual abuse, and provides further detail to aid awareness and understanding. Detail of the legislative context of CSE in Scotland is also set out in the briefing paper.
Children and young people who are the victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited. It is therefore essential that those working with children and young people are able to recognise the signs and provide an appropriate response or intervention. Child Sexual Exploitation poses a risk to all of our children and young people we want to stop any instance of Child Sexual Exploitation happening in the first place.
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