Weston, SK and Mythen, G (2021) Disentangling Practitioners’ Understandings of Child Sexual Exploitation: The Risks of Assuming Otherwise? Criminology and Criminal Justice. ISSN 1748-8958

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This paper reports findings from a qualitative study investigating the efficacy and the effects of a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness raising intervention with young people. Drawing on in-depth interviews with members of a multi-agency team set up to prevent CSE, we elucidate the way in which practitioners communicate the problem of CSE and how risk registers are deployed to assess the dangerousness of young people’s behaviours. In examining practitioners’ understandings of CSE, we illuminate the ways in which educative interventions in this domain are informed by a confluence of policy guidelines and personal/experiential perceptions. Unravelling the tensions arising between these two frames of interpretation, we illustrate that - despite routine recourse to embedded professional knowledge – underlying moral and cultural assumptions alongside anxieties about childhood sexuality influence practitioners’ understandings of the nature of risk, who is at risk and the context in which risks manifest themselves.

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Additional Information: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child sexual exploitation, childhood sexuality, police interventions, risk prevention, young people
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV7231 Criminal justice administration
J Political Science > JC Political theory > JC571 Human Rights
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2021 10:16
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 11:36
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/9100

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