Critical perspectives of legislation and policy developments in relation to girls and young women involved in prostitution in England and Wales

Newman, Hannah (2013) Critical perspectives of legislation and policy developments in relation to girls and young women involved in prostitution in England and Wales. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation has focused on legislation and policy developments in relation to girls and young women involved in prostitution in England and Wales. In March 2000 the government issued guidance that reclassified 'child prostitution' to ' child sexual exploitation'. The purpose of this study was to examine whether these policy reforms provide an adequate means of protecting this vulnerable group of young people. The review was focused on girls and young women. The analysis was framed by critical perspectives (including feminist and post-structuralist frameworks) and research was reviewed that contributed to these standpoints. The research methodology was a literature review. Themes drawn from the literature were the marginalisation and oppression of girls and young women, discursive associations that influence the formation of policy, debates over the adequacy of the victim-orientation of policy contrasted with the notion of the 'active subject', and the efficiency of professional responses framed by welfare and punishment paradigms. Based on the findings judgements have been made regarding the adequacy of the policy guidelines. Judgements include that the victim-orientation of the policy diminishes the young person's agency and diverts attention from the wider socio-economic context that can pre-dispose girls and young women to become involved in prostitution.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 13:54
    Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 14:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13656

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