Weston, SK and Mythen, G (2019) Working with and negotiating 'risk': Examining the effects of awareness raising interventions designed to prevent Child Sexual Exploitation. British Journal of Criminology. ISSN 0007-0955

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This article considers the effects of an educational intervention with young people designed to reduce the risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Drawing on findings from a qualitative study, we consider processes of engagement with the initiative, the relevance of the strategy adopted by the delivery team and the impacts on the perspectives of young people targeted. Focussing on mutually constitutive problems of context sensitivity, recognition of ambiguity and the silencing of alternative narratives, we raise several critical caveats that should be considered in the design and implementation of future CSE awareness raising initiatives. Overall, we aver that an unstinting focus on individual behaviour management unduly responsibilises young people and draws inflexible demarcation lines between appropriate and inappropriate sexual conduct.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Oxford University Press at http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/ - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: child sexual exploitation, risk prevention, young people, individualization, responibilization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1 Criminology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 09:41
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2021 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/6446

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