Listening to young people with learning disabilities who have experienced, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation in the UK

Anita Franklin*, Emilie Smeaton

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Abstract

This paper reports on a UK study which examined the identification of, and support for young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation (CSE). CSE has received considerable attention in the UK, with evidence suggesting an increased risk for young people with learning disabilities. However, no study has specifically focused on this group, and their voices remain largely unheard. In-depth interviews with 27 young people with learning disabilities were undertaken to explore how to meet their needs. This paper presents the young people's voices and identifies areas for improvements in policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-109
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Society
Volume32
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • child abuse
  • child protection
  • children
  • disability
  • policy and practice

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