Safe foster care for victims of child sexual exploitation

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/621993
Title:
Safe foster care for victims of child sexual exploitation
Authors:
Shuker, Lucie
Abstract:
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on an evaluation of a pilot of specialist foster care for children at risk, or victims, of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and/or trafficking. Design/methodology/approach – The research adopted a multi-case study approach, gathering placement documentation, interviews and weekly monitoring logs throughout the duration of the 13 placements. Findings – This evaluation found that safety for those at risk, or victims, of CSE within the in-care population has both a physical and a relational element. The most successful placements were able to deploy restrictive safety measures effectively by tipping the balance of care and control towards demonstrations of compassion and acceptance. Good relationships in these foster homes unlocked other positive outcomes, including reduced missing incidences and increased awareness of exploitation. Research limitations/implications – The small sample size within this pilot project suggests the need for further research to test the applicability of the notion of multi-dimensional safety to young people’s welfare more generally. Practical implications – The findings confirm previous research that highlights the importance of stable relationships in child protection. They have implications for current tendencies to commission short-term CSE interventions that are unlikely to create the relational security that can improve community safety for young people. Originality/value – This is the first published evaluation of specialist accommodation for those affected by CSE in the UK, and its findings will therefore be of most value to commissioners and providers of care to looked after young people. The concept of multi-dimensional safety will be relevant to those with responsibility for child welfare/safeguarding.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Shuker L. (2015) 'Safe foster care for victims of child sexual exploitation', Safer Communities, 14 (1), pp.37-46.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Safer Communities
Issue Date:
1-Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/621993
DOI:
10.1108/SC-03-2015-0006
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/SC-03-2015-0006
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1757-8043
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorShuker, Lucieen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-23T14:03:31Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-23T14:03:31Z-
dc.date.issued2015-12-01-
dc.identifier.citationShuker L. (2015) 'Safe foster care for victims of child sexual exploitation', Safer Communities, 14 (1), pp.37-46.en
dc.identifier.issn1757-8043-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/SC-03-2015-0006-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/621993-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on an evaluation of a pilot of specialist foster care for children at risk, or victims, of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and/or trafficking. Design/methodology/approach – The research adopted a multi-case study approach, gathering placement documentation, interviews and weekly monitoring logs throughout the duration of the 13 placements. Findings – This evaluation found that safety for those at risk, or victims, of CSE within the in-care population has both a physical and a relational element. The most successful placements were able to deploy restrictive safety measures effectively by tipping the balance of care and control towards demonstrations of compassion and acceptance. Good relationships in these foster homes unlocked other positive outcomes, including reduced missing incidences and increased awareness of exploitation. Research limitations/implications – The small sample size within this pilot project suggests the need for further research to test the applicability of the notion of multi-dimensional safety to young people’s welfare more generally. Practical implications – The findings confirm previous research that highlights the importance of stable relationships in child protection. They have implications for current tendencies to commission short-term CSE interventions that are unlikely to create the relational security that can improve community safety for young people. Originality/value – This is the first published evaluation of specialist accommodation for those affected by CSE in the UK, and its findings will therefore be of most value to commissioners and providers of care to looked after young people. The concept of multi-dimensional safety will be relevant to those with responsibility for child welfare/safeguarding.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/SC-03-2015-0006en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.subjectchild sexual exploitationen
dc.subjectfoster careen
dc.titleSafe foster care for victims of child sexual exploitationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalSafer Communitiesen
dc.date.updated2017-01-23T13:56:36Z-
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