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I'm trying to save my family: Parent experiences of child criminal exploitation

Maxwell, Nina ORCID: 2022. I'm trying to save my family: Parent experiences of child criminal exploitation. Youth Justice 10.1177/14732254221122559

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Despite growing awareness of child criminal exploitation, there is a dearth of evidence relating to parent views and experiences. This article presents interview findings from parents with lived experience of parenting a criminally exploited child. Early warning signs, such as behaviour changes, disengagement from school and child disappearances, were often rationalised in response to family circumstances or normal teenage development. Not knowing the child’s whereabouts, increased missing episodes and disengagement from the family prompted parents to seek help. Findings highlighted the need for parent involvement in the development of suitable responses at the individual, local and national levels.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1473-2254, 1747-6283
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 September 2022
Date of Acceptance: 7 September 2022
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2023 18:47

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