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Exploring the scale and nature of child sexual exploitation in Scotland

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Exploring the Scale and Nature of Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland Exploring the Scale and Nature of Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland EXPLORING THE SCALE AND NATURE OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN SCOTLAND Isabelle Brodie and Jenny Pearce University of Bedfordshire Scottish Government Social Research 2012 1 Table of Contents ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3 1 INTRODUCTION 7 2 METHODS 11 Literature review 11 Statistical review 12 Expert professional seminar 13 Key messages from this chapter 13 3 THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY, PRACTICE AND RESEARCH 15 Background 15 Policy and legislation in Scotland 17 The development of research into sexual exploitation 19 Key messages from this chapter 21 4 WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT THE SCALE AND NATURE OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION IN SCOTLAND? 22 Who is sexually exploited? 23 Prevalence 24 Additional, relevant statistical information 26 Key statistics 27 Trafficking 28 Delinquent and gang-involved young people 29 Mutiple layers and causal mechanisms 30 Key messages from this chapter 33 5 WHAT IS EFFECTIVE PRACTICE IN ADDRESSING CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ? 34 Evidence from Scottish studies 36 Universal and targeted services 37 Key messages from this chapter 39 6 THE EXPERT SEMINAR: FINDINGS 4 1 Questionnaire findings 41 Focus group findings 42 Identification 43 Support 44 Disruption and prosecution 44 Key messages from this chapter 45 7 CONCLUSIONS 46 REFERENCES 48 APPENDICES 54 2 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We are grateful to the Scottish Government for commissioning this research and for the encouragement and support we have received throughout the project. The Child Protection Policy Team provided valuable help in arranging the practice seminar. Special thanks are due to all the practitioners who participated in the seminar – their int

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