Safeguarding Young People: Responding to young people aged 11 to 17 who are maltreated
This was the final consultation in our series on childhood in partnership with the Children's Society. The Safeguarding Young People research study focuses on the under-researched issue of the maltreatment – the neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse – of young people aged 11 to 17 in England.
As young people get older they are less likely to receive a child protection response from Children's Social Care Services. A variety of other responses were being used to meet young people's needs, such as Child in Need or the Common Assessment Framework. Little is known about which approach works best for young people.
Young people are often perceived by professionals as more resilient, more able to cope with the effects of abuse, more able to remove themselves from abusive situations and more likely to disclose abuse than younger children. This perception was not supported by young people who participated in this research or by previous research on the long term impact of maltreatment.
A Consultation report from the Children's Society has now been published. To read it, please click here.