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Child Sexual Exploitation: A Guide for Health Practitioners

Child sexual exploitation is child abuse and like any form of abuse can have a devastating impact on victims and their families.

It is vital that we are able to identify a child or young person at risk of or experiencing sexual exploitation in the first instance, in order to remove their risk of harm and ensure that they receive appropriate, high quality support.

Tackling child sexual exploitation is set within the wider context of Scottish Government activity to improve the wellbeing of children and young people, and to tackle all forms of child abuse and neglect.

The National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation, updated in 2016 set outcomes to be progressed to achieve our aim of eliminating child sexual exploitation in Scotland. The following guidance contributes to the outcomes of reducing the risk of sexual exploitation through prevention and early identification.