The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) and Barnardo’s Scotland have published (26 October) the first national study of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Scotland.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse in which a person, or people of any age, takes advantage of a power imbalance to force or entice a child (anyone up to age 18) into engaging in sexual activity in return for something received by the child, and includes those perpetrating or facilitating the abuse.
The study - ‘Sexual exploitation of children involved in the children's hearings system’ - aims to understand four areas:
This study is the first to consider the vulnerabilities to sexual exploitation experienced by both girls and boys in Scotland. It identified that child sexual exploitation had been happening in every part of the country, with cases identified in 27 of Scotland's 32 local authorities.