Our mission is to share and develop good practice in preventing commercial sexual exploitation, in supporting those involved in selling or exchanging sexual activity and in supporting those planning to exit/ exiting.
We aim to establish supportive relationships, share information and good practice, and based on identified need, look to joint approaches. This will work towards consistency and quality in meeting the needs of those affected by CSE and will seek appropriate means of ensuring the views and experiences of those affected are represented.
We also aim to share information and good practice in relation to preventing commercial sexual exploitation, including raising awareness through training, campaigning and lobbying, and challenging demand approaches that target those who purchase sexual activity.
The agencies involved have extensive experience of working with those involved in commercial sexual exploitation and use a combination of trained staff and volunteers.
WHAT IS OUR APPROACH?
We understand CSE to be a function of gender inequality, and a form of gender-based violence. We work to the Scottish Government's definition of Violence Against Women, which includes prostitution, pornography, trafficking, lap-dancing, stripping, pole-dancing and table-dancing as forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
We believe that these activities have been shown to be harmful for individuals involved and can have a negative impact on the position of all women through the objectification of women's bodies.
We support the decriminalization of those involved in selling sexual activity, and the provision of high quality, trauma-informed support services which aim to reduce the harm of commercial sexual exploitation, provide emotional support and counselling, and support for those planning to exit or who are exiting. We work to a non judgemental, person-centred approach, accepting and valuing each person involved in selling sexual activity for who they are - their skills, talents, inner resources, coping/survival strategies and future hopes.