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Child Sexual Exploitation: A study of international comparisons

Desk Review for the Department for Education

The issue of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) has been the focus of intense discussion, debate and intervention in the UK in recent years. At a summit in March 2015, the Prime Minister described CSE as a ‘national threat’, and announced that child sexual abuse will be given the same priority by the police as serious and organised crime.

A number of high profile cases of CSE have all received national attention, with a series of inquiries, reports and research into what went wrong in local and national systems, how the abuse could have been prevented, and how victims could be better supported in future.

This report presents a rapid desk review of international comparisons of CSE, aiming to explore:

  • How is Child Sexual Exploitation defined in selected countries?
  • To what extent is there consistency in the response of public agencies around the world?
  • What can the UK learn from experience elsewhere?