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Young People Who Have Been Maltreated: Different Needs--Different Responses?

Gorin, S; Jobe, A

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S Gorin


The maltreatment experiences and needs of young people (aged eleven to seventeen) are often very different from those of younger children. As children get older, they become increasingly vulnerable to a broader range of risks. In comparison to younger children, young people are more likely to experience maltreatment outside the home and are more likely to become involved in a range of risk-taking behaviours, which may make them more vulnerable. Additionally, it can be more challenging for social workers to engage young people and their parents in the child protection process. This article draws on the findings of a two-and-a-half-year study that examined the process of referral of young people to Children's Social Care Services in England and initial responses once young people have been referred. Through qualitative interviews with social workers, the paper considers front line social work responses to young people across four local authority areas. The findings highlight the broad and complex range of issues that young people present and document the variation in local responses to this age group. The research highlights the need for a review of the responses that are being used and consideration of which approach works best for young people.


Gorin, S., & Jobe, A. (2013). Young People Who Have Been Maltreated: Different Needs--Different Responses?. The British Journal of Social Work, 43(7), 1330 -1346.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 19, 2013
Deposit Date Apr 30, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2014
Journal British Journal of Social Work
Print ISSN 0045-3102
Electronic ISSN 1468-263X
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 7
Pages 1330 -1346
Keywords Child protection, Safeguarding social work, Social work assessment, Social workers, Young people


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