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Vulnerability and young peopleCare and social control in policy and practice$
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Kate Brown

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318170

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318170.001.0001

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Vulnerability and young people

Kate Brown

Policy Press

This chapter explores how professionals working in services for vulnerable young people understood and applied the concept of vulnerability in their work. It focuses especially on links between vulnerability and ‘deservingness’, and also considers the significance of gender in how vulnerability operates in practice. Research findings illustrate how subtle but potent expectations of particular behaviours were attached to attaining vulnerability status, meaning that vulnerability classifications could work in the direction of excluding those who might not ‘comply’ with such expectations.

Keywords:   vulnerability, vulnerable young people, risk, street level bureaucracy, discretion, gender, deviance, conditionality

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