PE01393: Cut them free: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Scotland

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Petitioner: Martin Crewe, Director on behalf of Barnardo’s Scotland


Date Lodged: 08 July 2011

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to (1) commission new research on the nature and scope of child sexual exploitation in Scotland; (2) report back on all action points set out in the 2003 Scottish Government guidance on Vulnerable Children and Young People Sexual Exploitation Through Prostitution; (3) review and develop dedicated Scottish Government guidelines on child sexual exploitation, updating the 2003 Scottish guidance and incorporating the relevant parts of the 2010 National Child Protection Guidelines. 

Petition History:


6 September 2011: The Committee took evidence from Martin Crewe, Director, Mark Ballard, Head of Policy, and Daljeet Dagon, Children's Services Manager, Barnardo's Scotland and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (ACPOS), a selection of local authorities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Highland) and NHS Scotland seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report of 6 September 2011 (483KB pdf)

15 November 2011: The Committee agreed to write to NHS boards and the City of Edinburgh and Highland Councils seeking responses to specific points. The Committee also agreed to invite the Minister for Children and Young People to respond to the points raised by the petitioner in an oral evidence session. Link to Official Report 15 November 2011 (379KB pdf)

7 February 2012: The Committee took evidence from Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People and Philip Raines, Head of Child Protection Policy, Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 7 February 2012 (237KB pdf)

6 March 2012: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, social media providers and consider an options paper for fact finding visits at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 6 March 2012 (285KB pdf)

18 September 2012: The Committee agreed to consider a scoping paper from the Clerk on a future inquiry on the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 18 September 2012 (450KB pdf)

30 October 2012 (in private): The Committee considered a paper by the Clerk and agreed to seek an informal briefing from Barnardo's (the petitioner) and the authors of the report Exploring the Scale and Nature of Child Exploitation in Scotland.

22 January 2013 (in private): The Committee agreed the terms of reference and a ranked list of candidates for appointment as adviser in connection with its forthcoming inquiry into tackling child sexual exploitation in Scotland.

Inquiry into tackling child sexual exploitation in Scotland:

The Committee's inquiry was launched on 6 March 2013. Click here to follow the progress of the inquiry.  

9 December 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the Committee has undertaken an inquiry and published a report, the Scottish Government has responded in detail to the report and now published a National Action Plan. Link to Official Report 9 December 2014

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