Event Summary

All partner agencies in Scotland must work together to reduce the harm caused by the criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. This includes the police, NHS, social work, schools and any frontline professional who comes into regular contact with children and vulnerable adults.

In June 2023, Scotland’s Serious Organised Crime Taskforce published its Practitioner Guidance on Criminal Exploitation. The guidance shares how to spot the signs of exploitation and assist with early identification of those at risk from serious organised crime.

Join Holyrood Insight’s Tackling Criminal Exploitation in Scotland Digital Conference to hear from experts involved in creating the new guidance, and next steps from the frontline workers involved in its implementation.

Covering county lines drug trafficking, child sexual exploitation and other serious and organised crimes, develop your understanding of these complex and evolving crimes and be able to spot the key indicators.

With the North of Scotland disproportionately impacted by county lines,* and many serious organised crime groups operating from the East of Scotland **, this is clearly a national issue with regional specificities. Increasing amounts of exploitation are also taking place online. Improve your approach to multi-agency working and information sharing across partner agencies. Learn from best practice so you can tackle criminal exploitation, target offenders, and give victims and survivors the support they need.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with colleagues from across Scotland, share positive working practices and joined up solutions to deliver better outcomes for those at risk of criminal exploitation in your communities.

Key Points

  • New practitioner guidance for identifying criminal exploitation and safeguarding vulnerable children and adults
  • Detecting county lines, child criminal exploitation, cuckooing, and sexual exploitation
  • Recognising the signs of criminal exploitation and reporting concerns
  • Supporting victims and protecting those at risk
  • Early intervention for young people involved in offending
  • Coordinating a multi-agency approach
  • Working together to share relevant information and intelligence