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Children in Care: Exploitation, Offending and the Denial of Victimhood in a Prosecution-led Culture of Practice

Shaw, J and Greenhow, SK (2019) Children in Care: Exploitation, Offending and the Denial of Victimhood in a Prosecution-led Culture of Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 50 (5). pp. 1551-1569. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

The following article reports upon recent research, which explored the perceptions of professionals of the issues that affect the sexual and criminal exploitation of children in care, along with a discussion of the effectiveness of current responses to these issues and the challenges that professionals face. The study utilised focus groups and semi-structured interviews to gain the perspectives of thirty-six participants from across a range of agencies involved in children’s social work and youth justice from an area in the north-west of England. The findings echoed previous research by suggesting that for a number of reasons connected to their ‘looked-after’ status and deficiencies within the care system, children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Although attempts are being made to develop co-ordinated responses to safeguarding, there is still a long way to go in terms of focusing on vulnerability instead of aprosecution-led approach when offending occurs as a result of exploitation. It is argued how in order to ensure that good, innovative practice becomes ‘standard’ practice; further legislation is required in tandem with a greater degree of education surrounding exploitation and the dynamics inherent in these offences

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The version of record 'Julie Shaw, Sarah Greenhow, Children in Care: Exploitation, Offending and the Denial of Victimhood in a Prosecution-led Culture of Practice, The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 50, Issue 5, July 2020, Pages 1551–1569' is available online at: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcz137
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1607 Social Work, 1608 Sociology, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
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Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 15:31
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2020 15:31
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcz137
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14178

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