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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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Social support, empathy and ecology: a theoretical underpinning for working with young people who have suffered child sexual abuse or exploitation

Social support, empathy and ecology: a theoretical underpinning for working with young people who have suffered child sexual abuse or exploitation

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(p.173) 9 Social support, empathy and ecology: a theoretical underpinning for working with young people who have suffered child sexual abuse or exploitation
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Child Sexual Exploitation: Why Theory Matters
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Pat Dolan

Caroline McGregor

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447351412.003.0009

This chapter presents three proposed theoretical frameworks that can be usefully applied in working in the field of child sexual abuse (CSA). It argues that the functions of empathy, social support and socialisation, and ecological theories can offer a theoretical framework to deal with the challenges associated with CSA and offers improved guidance for practice. The chapter then outlines three possible practice examples that could emerge from such an approach. In the discussion, the chapter considers how these three theoretical considerations can come together to offer direction for improving how CSA is understood and responded to with an emphasis on improving outcomes for children who experience sexual abuse. The discussion also looks at how these theoretical approaches can promote a preventative approach that tackles social and cultural as well as individual factors that result in such harmful abuse of children that it often has life-long negative impacts.

Keywords:   social support, empathy, ecology, child sexual abuse, theoretical frameworks, preventative approach, negative impacts, socialisation

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