Child sexual exploitation: definition and practitioner briefing paper

Authors:
BECKETT Helen, WALKER Joanne
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
11
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This paper outlines the new national definition of child sexual exploitation (CSE) for Scotland and some key contextual considerations that should inform all professionals’ and agencies’ interpretations of their child protection responsibilities in relation to this form of abuse. Child sexual exploitation is defined as a form of child sexual abuse in which a person(s), of any age takes advantage of a power imbalance to force or entice a child into engaging in sexual activity in return for something received by the child and/or those perpetrating or facilitating the abuse. As with other forms of child sexual abuse, the presence of perceived consent does not undermine the abusive nature of the act. The paper examines what CSE looks like in practice; whom it affects; who is perpetrating it; how to recognise the abusive nature of CSE; the potential indicators of CSE; complexity and impact of CSE; and the legislative context of CSE in Scotland. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
child sexual exploitation, child sexual abuse, child protection;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
Scotland
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ISBN print:
9781786525062

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