Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is an abhorrent crime and has a devastating impact on its victims and their families. It is a form of child sexual abuse and must be understood in that context. CSE can affect all children, including those with disabilities, regardless of their gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, faith or economic background.
Online child sexual exploitation is an increasingly global crime and action in Scotland is set within the framework of UK and international measures.
While CSE is a complex issue, our approach to addressing it should have the same principles – children and young people are at the centre of everything we do, and only by continuing to work in partnership can we help prevent abuse arising; better support victims and enable law enforcement agencies to pursue and prosecute perpetrators.