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Beyond child protection: young people, social exclusion and sexual exploitation

Jenny Pearce

in Regulating sex for sale

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421067
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421067.003.0007
Beyond child protection: young people, social exclusion and sexual exploitation

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This chapter makes two key points about service delivery for sexually exploited children and young people. It argues that while there have been some helpful developments in policy and practice that raise the profile of sexually exploited children and young people's needs, these have mainly been focused on child-protection agendas. The chapter also argues that, as a consequence of the focus on child protection, sexually exploited children and young people are seen first and foremost as victims of abuse. It provides an analysis of sexual exploitation that does not reify the young person's experiences of victimization, but which locates ‘the problem’ of sexual exploitation as a social-welfare problem.

Keywords: service delivery; sexually exploited children; child protection; victims of abuse; sexual exploitation; social-welfare problem

Chapter.  6298 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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