Understanding Child Criminal Exploitation in Scotland: A Scoping Review

Commissioned by CYCJ, Action for Scotland and the Scottish Government, this scoping review seeks to establish a baseline understanding of the nature, scale and extent of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) in Scotland. 

Addressing a paucity of research in this area, this comprehensive scoping report by PhD candidate Nesha Dixon seeks to provide the evidence base for future policy and service provision, and acts as an impetus for further research. Structured across four stages, it comprises a literature review, a synthesis of the existing data from across different agencies and datasets, interviews with professionals and a survey of residential childcare workers (children from within the care system are disproportionately more likely to be targeted for grooming and exploitation).

Additional analysis and input was provided by Holly Maclean.

A Children and Young Person’s version of this report is available here


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