Sexual exploitation and its impact on developing sexualities and sexual relationships: the need for contextual social work interventions

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622015
Title:
Sexual exploitation and its impact on developing sexualities and sexual relationships: the need for contextual social work interventions
Authors:
Firmin, Carlene Emma; Warrington, Camille; Pearce, Jenny J.
Abstract:
This article considers how young people’s developing sexualities are influenced by extra-familial social and cultural contexts, particularly in relation to experiences of sexual violence. It draws upon young people’s voices to illustrate the choices they make when they encounter, or engage with, exploitative contexts. Utilising the cumulative evidence base of our studies into sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence over the past ten years, we employ Bourdieu’s theory of the interplay between structure and agency to elucidate the relationship between young people’s choices and abusive social environments. When navigating or engaging with exploitative contexts, young people’s sexualities can be distorted through abusive normalising processes; coercive practices; professional attitudes which condone abuse; and/or structural inequalities that call for survivalist behaviours amongst young people. In exploring this social model of consent, we highlight the need to move beyond one to one (1:1) social work practices to engage with situations, contexts and relationships that disrupt young people’s developing sexualities. Such an adaptation of social work practice would adopt principles of ‘contextual safeguarding’ and we conclude by offering illustrations of interventions that have begun to explore this developmental pathway.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Firmin C., Warrington C., Pearce J. (2016) 'Sexual exploitation and its impact on developing sexualities and sexual relationships: the need for contextual social work interventions', British Journal of Social Work, 46 (8), pp.2318-2337.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
British Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
25-Oct-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622015
DOI:
10.1093/bjsw/bcw134
Additional Links:
https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/46/8/2318/2447856/Sexual-Exploitation-and-Its-Impact-on-Developing
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0045-3102
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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dc.contributor.authorFirmin, Carlene Emmaen
dc.contributor.authorWarrington, Camilleen
dc.contributor.authorPearce, Jenny J.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-02T11:08:01Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-02T11:08:01Z-
dc.date.issued2016-10-25-
dc.identifier.citationFirmin C., Warrington C., Pearce J. (2016) 'Sexual exploitation and its impact on developing sexualities and sexual relationships: the need for contextual social work interventions', British Journal of Social Work, 46 (8), pp.2318-2337.en
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bcw134-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622015-
dc.description.abstractThis article considers how young people’s developing sexualities are influenced by extra-familial social and cultural contexts, particularly in relation to experiences of sexual violence. It draws upon young people’s voices to illustrate the choices they make when they encounter, or engage with, exploitative contexts. Utilising the cumulative evidence base of our studies into sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence over the past ten years, we employ Bourdieu’s theory of the interplay between structure and agency to elucidate the relationship between young people’s choices and abusive social environments. When navigating or engaging with exploitative contexts, young people’s sexualities can be distorted through abusive normalising processes; coercive practices; professional attitudes which condone abuse; and/or structural inequalities that call for survivalist behaviours amongst young people. In exploring this social model of consent, we highlight the need to move beyond one to one (1:1) social work practices to engage with situations, contexts and relationships that disrupt young people’s developing sexualities. Such an adaptation of social work practice would adopt principles of ‘contextual safeguarding’ and we conclude by offering illustrations of interventions that have begun to explore this developmental pathway.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/46/8/2318/2447856/Sexual-Exploitation-and-Its-Impact-on-Developingen
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectexploitationen
dc.subjectsexual exploitationen
dc.subjectconsenten
dc.subjectsafeguardingen
dc.subjectcontexten
dc.subjectagencyen
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.titleSexual exploitation and its impact on developing sexualities and sexual relationships: the need for contextual social work interventionsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken
dc.date.updated2017-02-02T10:59:24Z-
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