Sexual abuse of children or young people is any act that involves the child or young person in any activity for the sexual gratification of another person, whether or not it is claimed that the child or young person either consented or assented.
Sexual abuse involves forcing, enticing or coercing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child or young person is aware of what is happening.
The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts.
This abuse may include non-contact activities, such as involving children and young people in looking at, or in the production of indecent images or in watching sexual activities; using sexual language towards a child or young person; or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.
Stop to Listen is a national multi-agency collaboration in Scotland that aims to improve child-centred responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation.
This involves reviewing current practices, policies and culture to identify changes which would promote better experiences for children and young people and lead to improved long term outcomes.