Police Scotland and Barnardo’s Scotland together combating Child Sexual Exploitation
The exploitation and abuse of vulnerable young people is one of the most serious child protection issues of our time. Although the true scale of the issue remains largely unknown, there remains the need for improved identification of child exploitation and abuse; appropriate supports for its young victims, and the collection and collation of data on the prevalence, nature and scope of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse (CSA) in Scotland.
We need a multi-agency approach to tackling CSE and to focus all of our energies on disruption, preventing child exploitation and abuse from happening in the first place.
Barnardo’s Scotland has been at the forefront in responding to exploitation and abuse in Scotland for nearly three decades, today it delivers support services in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
The charity does this by working with colleagues from Police Scotland, local authorities and other agencies, sharing knowledge and experience of what works in tackling CSE.