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Child criminal exploitation: working with parents rather than against them.

Maxwell, Nina ORCID: and Ablitt, Jonathan 2022. Child criminal exploitation: working with parents rather than against them. Presented at: EUROCRIM 2022: Annual Congress of the European Society of Criminology, Malaga, Spain, 21-24 September 2022.

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There has been growing interest in child criminal exploitation in the UK due to changes in the drug supply model since the 2010s. This has been associated with the saturation of the drugs market in urban areas alongside a reduction in youth services and education, training and employment opportunities for young people. These new and emerging drug supply models have been underpinned by the criminal exploitation of young people; they have been actively targeted, groomed and forced, manipulated or coerced into criminal activities. Drawing upon complexity theory (Pycroft and Bartollas, 2014), it is argued that the drug supply model varies according to the local landscape, drug supply operation and the actors within the network (Harding, 2020). Described as an extra-familial issue (Firmin, 2017), child criminal exploitation often occurs away from the young person’s home, in their local communities and largely through contact with their peers. Yet parents are often blamed and held to account by professionals for their child's criminality and failure to safeguard them. This paper addresses the current research gap relating to parent experiences of child criminal exploitation. Such perspectives are important given the widely accepted relevance of family and household factors in a child’s susceptibility to exploitation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Funders: Health and Care Research Wales
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2024 02:07

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