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Exploring the Scale and Nature of Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland

This study was undertaken between January 2012 and June 2012. The study had three aims: to review existing research, policy and practice literature from the UK regarding the scale and nature of child sexual exploitation, and trafficking for sexual exploitation, focusing on Scotland; to review key Scottish statistics regarding the scale and nature of child sexual exploitation in Scotland; and to gather preliminary and exploratory information from key professionals regarding their perceptions of the scale and nature of child sexual exploitation in Scotland.

Methods for the study included: a desktop review of the UK literature regarding child sexual exploitation; a review of Scottish statistical information; and an invited seminar, held in June 2012, for „expert‟ professionals working in the area of child protection and safeguarding, including child sexual exploitation.