Health Working Group report on child sexual exploitation: an independent group chaired by the Department of Health focusing on: Improving the outcomes for children by promoting effective engagement of health services and staff

Great Britain. Department of Health
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Child sexual exploitation’ is a term which covers a broad range of sexual violence and abuse, which includes emotional and physical abuse. It falls within the overall category of child sexual abuse. This report responds to the commitment in ‘Tackling child sexual exploitation: action plan' (Department for Education, 2011) that as part of its work programme on violence against women and children, the Department of Health ‘will work with its partners to see whether more can be done to highlight the particular needs of children who have been sexually exploited.’ The report summarises recent activities and publications on CSE, and stresses the importance of improving understanding in terms of recognising CSE, its prevalence and profile, its impact on health and wellbeing, and on improving the evidence base. It looks at ways of raising awareness through education and training, and encouraging staff to be “more curious”; and also taking a child-centred focus. It considers local health agencies’ responsibilities in providing easily accessible health services, and in sharing information to assist prevention, early intervention and interruption of CSE. There should be ‘strategic cooperation’ through the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Local Safeguarding Children Boards. The report includes case study examples of work by local health service agencies in raising awareness, in offering advocacy services or sexual health services, and sharing information about child sexual exploitation. (Original abstract)

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child sexual abuse, health care, interagency cooperation, intervention, access to services, outcomes, evidence, child sexual exploitation;
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government publication
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