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Support for Practitioners

Below you will find information and guidance to support service providers and individuals working with those with experience of Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

Scottish Government Policy Principles and Strategic Approach on Prostitution

Published in 2022, a set of policy principles developed by Scottish Government and stakeholders can be used by practitioners to challenge men’s demand for prostitution. View the challenging men’s demand for prostitution policy principles.

Scotland’s strategic approach to challenging men’s demand for prostitution was published on 6 February 2024. This approach sets out the Scottish Government’s collective approach, working with stakeholders across the wider public and third sector, to disrupt and deter men’s demand for prostitution, tackle the stigma attached to prostitution and support those with experience of it.

CSE Aware

A place for practitioners in Scotland, across the public and third sector, to find information, training and events about the needs of women who sell or exchange sex, and resources to improve their response to them.

The Women’s Support Project launched a new training resource, Building Bridges, on 27 March 2024 which includes a short animation to help practitioners working in mainstream and specialist services to feel more confident in responding to women disclosing experiences of commercial sexual exploitation


Equally Safe at Work

Equally Safe at Work is an innovative employer accreditation programme developed by Close the Gap, Scotland’s expert policy advocacy organisation working on women’s labour market equality. Employers can use the programme to advance gender equality at work and prevent violence against women through improvement in their practices.

Email: info@closethegap.org.uk
Tel: 0141 572 4730

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Victim Support Scotland – Emergency Assistance Fund

The Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) is open to people affected by crime across Scotland who are in urgent need of financial help as a result of what they have experienced. Those with experience of Commercial Sexual Exploitation can also apply for support. Practitioners can refer people to this fund to access urgent financial support.

0800 160 1985 (Mon – Fri: 8am to 8pm)

VSS Emergency Assistance Fund – Victim Support Scotland