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Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for money, gifts, accommodation, affection or status.

This area of the WithScotland website has been developed as part of Scotland’s National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation and provides details of national and local responses to CSE as well as useful resources, events and training material.


Child Sexual Exploitation - National Awareness Campaign 

The first TV campaign in the UK focused on child sexual exploitation launched on January 28th, 2016. It comes as new research shows 93 per cent of parents have heard of child sexual exploitation, but almost a third (29 per cent) know little about it and over a third (36 per cent) believe it won’t affect their family. A new TV advert and website show how conversations online can potentially lead to a young person placing themselves in danger and highlight how to spot the warning signs.   Please visit csethesigns.scot for more information

Child Sexual Exploitation is as much a reality here in Scotland as it is around the world – a reality that we, as a nation, must tackle collectively. All children and young people have the right to be cared for and protected from harm, and to grow up in a safe environment where their rights and needs are respected.
Aileen Campbell, MSP and Minister for Children & Young People.