Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation is a priority area for Inverclyde Child Protection Committee.

CSE the signsChild sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse in which a person(s), of any age takes advantage of a power imbalance to force or entice a child into engaging in sexual activity in return for something received by the child and/or those perpetrating or facilitating the abuse. As with other forms of child sexual abuse, the presence of perceived consent does not undermine the abusive nature of the act.

If you have a concern that a young person has been a victim of sexual exploitation contact Police Scotland using the 101 number anytime.  Alternatively during office hours you can contact the Public Protection Unit for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde directly on 0141 532 6168 (answer machine facility available 24hrs) or contact Inverclyde Social Work Services on 01475 715365 during office hours (Out of Hours the number for Emergency Social Work Services is 0300 343 1505).

Child Protection Committee Response

Inverclyde Child Protection Committee has established a multi-agency strategy group to lead our local response to this national problem [more information on the work of this group can be found in the current Annual Report and Business Plan which can be downloaded from the home page].


We offer regular training for professionals on Child Sexual Exploitation awareness.  For details of upcoming courses see the training section of the website or contact us for more information.

Useful Documents

Documents approved by Inverclyde Child Protection Committee can be downloaded from the useful downloads section on this page.  These are:-

  • Leaflets on Child Sexual Exploitation for Young People, Parents and Professionals

  • West of Scotland Child Sexual Exploitation Practitioner Guidance

  • Inverclyde's local protocol on responding to identified concerns of child exploitation

  • Scottish Government Child Sexual Exploitation Definition and Practitioner briefing

  • Inverclyde's Child Sexual Exploitation Quality Assurance Framework

Want to Know More?

Follow the links in the 'related websites' box to

  • Scottish Government's Child Sexual Exploitation the signs website for parents and children

  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)'s Think You Know website with information for parents, children and professionals 

  • Scotland's National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation 

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