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Sexual abuse

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.


What is Stop to Listen?

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. 

Key resources

Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

Keeping Children Safe - Information disclosure about child sexual offenders

Year: 2014 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Sexual abuse | Author: NSPCC
Community disclosure is now running in your area. This will provide a formal route for the public to directly raise child protection concerns…
Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

Protecting children from harm

Year: 2015 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Sexual abuse | Author: Children’s Commissioner for England
A critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England and priorities for action.
Guidance ResourceReport ResourceResearch Resource

The Traumatic Impact of Child Sexual Abuse: A Conceptualization - published 1985

Year: 2018 | Topic: Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Sexual abuse | Author: David Finkelhor, Ph.D., and Angela Browne, Ph.D.
A framework is proposed for a more systematic understanding of the effects of child sexual abuse.


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