Child Trafficking: Young People’s Experiences of Front-Line Services in England

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This article reports findings from an innovative qualitative study with 20 young people who were trafficked into and within England and their experiences of front-line services. In practice, concepts of consent and coercion are problematized as inadequate determinants of child trafficking. Young people reported experiencing front-line practice as victim-blaming and punitive. The findings demonstrate that young people require a more welfare-orientated response, based upon being listened to, believed and with greater action taken to protect them from further harm. They extend policy debates by providing fresh insights into children's experiences of trafficking and services, hitherto omitted. The findings support the depoliticizing of child trafficking policy, away from a criminal justice approach, and abandoning labelling children as 'smuggled' and 'trafficked'.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberazy042
Pages (from-to)481-500
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume59
Issue number2
Early online date13 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019

Fingerprint

England
experience
Coercion
Criminal Law
welfare
justice
determinants

Keywords

  • child protection policy
  • child trafficking
  • children's experiences
  • modern slavery
  • smuggled
  • trafficked

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Social Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Law

Cite this

Child Trafficking: Young People’s Experiences of Front-Line Services in England. / Gearon, Alinka.

In: British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 59, No. 2, azy042, 15.02.2019, p. 481-500.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{a2142c8429e34e0ea9666f8e5a671e3b,
title = "Child Trafficking: Young People’s Experiences of Front-Line Services in England",
abstract = "This article reports findings from an innovative qualitative study with 20 young people who were trafficked into and within England and their experiences of front-line services. In practice, concepts of consent and coercion are problematized as inadequate determinants of child trafficking. Young people reported experiencing front-line practice as victim-blaming and punitive. The findings demonstrate that young people require a more welfare-orientated response, based upon being listened to, believed and with greater action taken to protect them from further harm. They extend policy debates by providing fresh insights into children's experiences of trafficking and services, hitherto omitted. The findings support the depoliticizing of child trafficking policy, away from a criminal justice approach, and abandoning labelling children as 'smuggled' and 'trafficked'.",
keywords = "child protection policy, child trafficking, children's experiences, modern slavery, smuggled, trafficked",
author = "Alinka Gearon",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "15",
doi = "10.1093/bjc/azy042",
language = "English",
volume = "59",
pages = "481--500",
journal = "British Journal of Criminology",
issn = "0007-0955",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Child Trafficking: Young People’s Experiences of Front-Line Services in England

AU - Gearon, Alinka

PY - 2019/2/15

Y1 - 2019/2/15

N2 - This article reports findings from an innovative qualitative study with 20 young people who were trafficked into and within England and their experiences of front-line services. In practice, concepts of consent and coercion are problematized as inadequate determinants of child trafficking. Young people reported experiencing front-line practice as victim-blaming and punitive. The findings demonstrate that young people require a more welfare-orientated response, based upon being listened to, believed and with greater action taken to protect them from further harm. They extend policy debates by providing fresh insights into children's experiences of trafficking and services, hitherto omitted. The findings support the depoliticizing of child trafficking policy, away from a criminal justice approach, and abandoning labelling children as 'smuggled' and 'trafficked'.

AB - This article reports findings from an innovative qualitative study with 20 young people who were trafficked into and within England and their experiences of front-line services. In practice, concepts of consent and coercion are problematized as inadequate determinants of child trafficking. Young people reported experiencing front-line practice as victim-blaming and punitive. The findings demonstrate that young people require a more welfare-orientated response, based upon being listened to, believed and with greater action taken to protect them from further harm. They extend policy debates by providing fresh insights into children's experiences of trafficking and services, hitherto omitted. The findings support the depoliticizing of child trafficking policy, away from a criminal justice approach, and abandoning labelling children as 'smuggled' and 'trafficked'.

KW - child protection policy

KW - child trafficking

KW - children's experiences

KW - modern slavery

KW - smuggled

KW - trafficked

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85062708314&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1093/bjc/azy042

DO - 10.1093/bjc/azy042

M3 - Article

VL - 59

SP - 481

EP - 500

JO - British Journal of Criminology

JF - British Journal of Criminology

SN - 0007-0955

IS - 2

M1 - azy042

ER -