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Call for action on child sexual exploitation 17/01/2014 The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee has published a report on child sexual exploitation, warning that more needs to be done to tackle the issue.

Call for action on child sexual exploitation

The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee has published a report on child sexual exploitation, warning that more needs to be done if the problem is to be tackled effectively.

The report, the result of an inquiry into tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Scotland, finds that Scotland lacks a clear strategy to deal with CSE, and that research is needed to reveal the scale of the problem. It also recommends that education programmes showing young people how to recognise and challenge sexual exploitation and bullying need to be made available across all communities in Scotland.

Other recommendations in the report include:

  • Refuges for young people experiencing or at risk of CSE need to be established..
  • Social work and other child protection services should give higher priority to addressing childhood sexual abuse in general, and other vulnerabilities in younger children, such as neglect, which may put them at particular risk of CSE. 
  • The Scottish Government should give high priority to ensuring that high-quality data collection tools are available and used.
  • The Scottish Government, Police Scotland and all key agencies should adopt a high commitment to disrupting perpetrator activity and identifying those at risk.
  • Post-legislative scrutiny of the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 should be undertaken.
  • Risk of sexual harm orders (RSHOs) should be used in a much more comprehensive way.  
  • Mandatory training should be given for frontline and specialist police officers. 

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