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Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters$
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Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447351412

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447351412.001.0001

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Understanding trauma and its relevance to child sexual exploitation

Understanding trauma and its relevance to child sexual exploitation

(p.151) 8 Understanding trauma and its relevance to child sexual exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters

Kristine Hickle

Policy Press

This chapter provides a brief overview of the research on trauma, specifically in relation to the impact of developmental and complex trauma and sexual abuse. An overview of the growing body of research on trauma-informed approaches to practice is also given. It considers how trauma responses are developed while enduring extreme stress, and how these responses may be evident among children and young people with child sexual exploitation (CSE) experiences. The chapter also considers how systems designed to protect and support traumatised children and young people often contribute to their re-traumatisation. It explores principles of trauma-informed practice that are useful in meeting the needs of young people victimised by CSE, discusses how trauma-informed approaches align with strengths-based and relationship-based approaches to CSE practice, and how such approaches can help practitioners understand and promote resilience.

Keywords:   trauma, trauma research, trauma-informed approaches, trauma responses, re-traumatisation, strengths-based approach, relationship-based approach, resilience

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