Identifying Cases of Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland: Risk and Disclosure

There has been significant activity and progress made on the delivery of the National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland however challenges remain. This event will look at how we identify potential cases of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) including assessing individual risk and encouraging disclosure.

A coordinated, multi-agency response to tackling CSE

The sexual exploitation of children and young people is often a hidden form of child sexual abuse. Perpetrators employ well-organised and sophisticated tactics to manipulate children and young people and evade detection. 

In 2014 the National Crime Agency identified child sexual exploitation and abuse as one of the key threats facing the UK. Between April 2015 and February 2016 child sexual exploitation cases accounted for 33% of Police Scotland’s National Child Abuse Investigation Unit resource hours. 

It is essential that cases are identified as soon as possible to ensure that perpetrators are stopped and children and young people are provided with the support they need. This can only be achieved by organisations and individuals working together to put the welfare of Scotland’s at risk children and young people at the heart of everything they do, as set out in GIRFEC. 

This event will explore the indicative factors that increase risk of the exploitation, the signs of CSE, and look at how we can work together to encourage children and young people to disclose CSE.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Progress on the delivery of Scotland’s National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Screening for Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Working in partnership to identify and address CSE
  • Identifying boys and young men at risk of CSE
  • Child trafficking and CSE
  • Online grooming and abuse



09.15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Opening remarks from the chair

Jennifer Trueland, Health Journalist

Session 1

10:05 National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation 

  • Update on the progress of the national working group and the the link to Leadership Group

Moira McKinnon, Chair, National Child Sexual Exploitation Group and Principal Officer, Child Protection Team, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership

10:25 Questions and discussion

10.35 Interactive Roundtable Discussion

11.15 Refreshments and networking

Session 2 

11:40 Child Sexual Exploitation: Indicators of What?

  • What do CSE indicators indicate?
  • How can they be used as an assessment of risk? 

Dr Paul Rigby, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Stirling and member of the National Child Sexual Exploitation Working Group

12:00     Child Trafficking in Scotland

The Scottish Guardianship Service supports separated children who arrive in Scotland.  Many children and young people have been victims of trafficking either on their journey to the UK or after their arrival in Scotland. Unaccompanied child victims of trafficking are a particularly vulnerable group in need of individually tailored support. Specialist guardians help give these children a voice and ensure they receive the protection they need and deserve.

Catriona MacSween, Service Manager Scottish Guardianship Service, Aberlour Child Care Trust

12:20     Questions and discussion

12:35     Lunch

Session 3

13:15     Joint Working With The Police - The Work of the RISE Service

Daljeet Dagon, National Programme Manager for CSE, Barnardo's Scotland
Sarah Finnegan, CSE Advisor, Barnardo's Scotland

13:45     Missing Persons Return Interviews

Leonee Moorhead, Children's Services Manager, Barnardo's Scotland 

14:05     Boys and Young Men At Risk of CSE 

  • Low referral rate of boys and young men – looking across 4 LSCB
  • Social stereotyping of CSE & changing professional judgement of gender
  • Disclosures and NFA
  • Video – a short clip of a young man talking about his experiences

Karen Chapman, Project Coordinator -Time 2…Project, Basis Yorkshire

14:25     Questions and discussion

14:45     Closing remarks from the chair

Jennifer Trueland, Health Journalist

14:50     Close of event

*Subject to change


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28 November 2018


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