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Sex workers - policy - RCN
Posted on: January 26 2010, 11:29 pm

Each country in the United Kingdom is pursuing social inclusion policies. We will ensure that you know which policies are operating where you work and also include key reports and legislation that have informed the policy.

Government departments and other national bodies are arranged in alphabetical order, items which are dated are arranged chronologically with the most recent first.

You might also like to refer to the guidance and agencies and communities sections for further information on sex workers.

Some of the resources below are in PDF format - see how to access PDF files.

    * UK wide
    * England
    * Northern Ireland
    * Scotland
    * Wales

UK wide

Home Office (2006) A Coordinated Prostitution Strategy and a summary of the responses to the 'Paying the Price' consultation
This strategy focuses on disrupting sex markets by preventing individuals, and particularly children and young people, from being drawn into prostitution; by providing appropriate protection and routes out for those already involved; by protecting communities from the nuisance associated with prostitution; and by ensuring that those who control, coerce or abuse those in prostitution are brought to justice.

Home Office (2004) Paying the Price. A consultation paper on prostitution
The Coordinate Prostitution Strategy provides a framework for communities to tackle street prostitution and all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

Sexual Offences Act 2003
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides a framework to protect the public from sexual crimes.
England

Department of Health (2009) Moving forward: progress and priorities - working together for high quality sexual health: Government response to the Independent Advisory Group's review of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy
This response outlines the progress made in improving sexual health since 2001 and responds to each of the national level recommendations put forward by the Independent Advisory Group.

Department of Health: Independent Advisory Group on sexual health and HIV
Established in 2003, this group provides a wide range of views from health professionals involved in all aspects of sexual health, will monitor progress and advise the government on implementation of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy.

Department of Health: Sexual Health and HIV strategy
This page provides links to strategy documents, recommended standards and a sexual health promotion toolkit.

Department of Health (2008) Progress and priorities - working together for high quality sexual health  Review of the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV (PDF 628.3KB)
This review assesses the impact of the 2001National strategy to date and highlights significant developments which have taken place since publication. It outlines what has been achieved and addresses the key barriers which have held back implementation.

Department of Health (2004) Choosing health. Making healthy choices easier
This White Paper sets out the key principles for supporting the public to make healthier and more informed choices in regards to their health.

Department of Health (2004) Safeguarding children in prostitution
This Guidance is for the police, health, social services, education and all other agencies and professionals that may deal with children about whom there are concerns that they are involved in prostitution.

Department of Health (2003) Effective Sexual Health Promotion A Toolkit for Primary Care Trusts and others working in the field of promoting Good Sexual Health and HIV Prevention
This toolkit has been developed in response to the first national strategy for sexual health and HIV, and the implementation action plan published by the Department of Health in June 2002. Part fourteen includes 10 practical tips for work with commercial sex workers.

Department of Health (2001) Better prevention, better services, better sexual health - The national strategy for sexual health and HIV
This national strategy placed sexual health and HIV firmly on the national agenda and set out an ambitious 10-year programme to tackle sexual ill-health and modernise sexual health services in England.

DH (2000) Safeguarding children involved in prostitution: supplementary guidance to Working Together to Safeguard Children
Guidance for police, health, social services, education and all other agencies and professionals that may work with children about whom there are concerns that they are involved in prostitution.

Healthcare Commission (2007) Performing better? A focus on sexual health services in England (PDF 497.9KB)
This report sets out how the Healthcare Commission measures the delivery of sexual health services in the NHS and independent sector, and what we do if delivery falls below levels set out in Standards for Better Health. A summary report is also available. View the summary report (PDF 225.2KB).
Northern Ireland

Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) (2008) Sexual health promotion. Strategy and action plan 2008-2013 (PDF 212.1KB)
Northern Ireland's five year sexual health strategy sets out a strategic vision for promoting positive sexual health. It aims to improve, protect and promote the sexual health and well-being of the whole population of Northern Ireland with a focus on prevention, training, education and access to services. Chapter 2 outlines some groups are particularly vulnerable, including commercial sex workers.

DHSSPS (2008) Tackling Sexual Violence and Abuse Action Plan 2008-2009 (PDF 4.58MB)
This Action Plan is designed to deliver the objectives of 'Tackling Sexual Violence and Abuse - A Regional Strategy 2008 - 2013.

DHSSPS (2008) Tackling Sexual Violence and Abuse A Regional Strategy 2008 - 2013 (PDF 20.25MB)
This strategy aims to address the serious problem of sexual violence and abuse in Northern Ireland in a co-ordinated and focussed manner. It sets out what Government intends to do to tackle the issues of sexual violence and abuse in Northern Ireland under four inter-related strands - Leadership and Direction, Prevention, Protection and Justice and Support.

Northern Ireland Office (2009) Experience of Sexual Violence and Abuse: Findings from the 2008/09 Northern Ireland Crime Survey (PDF 429.2KB)
This report arises out of the joint DHSSPS and NIO 'Tackling Sexual Violence and Abuse' Regional Strategy 2008 - 2013' and 'Action Plan 2008 - 2009', which have drawn attention to the limited knowledge about the incidence, prevalence and circumstances of sexual violence in Northern Ireland.
Scotland

Scottish Government (2008) Respect and responsibility: Sexual Health Strategy Second Annual Report
This report shows progress made since the launch of the sexual health strategy in 2005 and it sets out the challenges for the future.

Scottish Executive (2007) Guidance for local authorities and their community planning partners on street prostitution
This guidance was prepared as part of the Scottish Executive's response to the Expert Group on Prostitution's Report 'Being Outside: Constructing a Response to Street Prostitution'. Its purpose is to assist local authorities and their community planning partners in developing local strategies to deal with the problem of street prostitution.

Scottish Executive (2005) 'Respect and Responsibility' - the sexual health strategy
Scotland's Sexual Health strategy was launched in January 2005. It sets out for the first time a framework for improving sexual health in Scotland.

Scottish Executive (2005) Report of the Expert Group on Prostitution in Scotland: Analysis of consultation responses
This report presents an analysis of the responses to the consultation on the report of the Expert Group on Prostitution in Scotland, 'Being Outside: Constructing a Response to Street Prostitution'.

Scottish Executive (2004) Being Outside - Constructing a Response to Street Prostitution
The Expert Group on Prostitution was set up by the Scottish Executive in 2003 to review the legal, policing, health and social justice issues surrounding prostitution in Scotland and to consider options for the future.
Legislation

OPSI Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007 2007 asp 11

OPSI Explanatory Notes to Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Act 2007
Wales

Welsh Assembly Government: Sexual health
The Welsh Assembly Government sexual health topic page.

National Assembly for Wales (2003) A strategic framework for promoting sexual health in Wales. Progress report (PDF 204.4KB)
Section 2.1. of the Progress on Action Plan stated that 'All Health Authorities and Local Health Groups to have written strategies and service specifications for sexual health services, including services for commercial sex workers.

National Assembly for Wales (2000) A strategic framework for promoting sexual health in Wales
The aims of this strategy were: to improve the sexual health of the population of Wales; to narrow sexual health inequalities and enhance the general health and emotional well-being of the population by enabling and supporting fulfilling sexual relationships.

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