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Youth Studies Occasional Lectures

Friday, 05 August 2016


The next lecture in this exciting series entitled ‘Deprivation, Literacy, Gender Solidarity and ‘Girl’s Work’: working with economically deprived, sexually exploited young women and children in the context of the UK’ will be delivered by Dr Rhona O’Brien, Senior Lecturer in Children and Family Studies, Department of Applied Health, Psychology and Social Studies from the University of Cumbria.

In this lecture, the multi-agency safeguarding failures highlighted by the findings of the Rotherham Inquiry are addressed by utilising the concept of ‘sexual abjection’. Through an analysis of the relationship between child sexual exploitation and economic deprivation, the extraordinary multi-agency safeguarding failures politicised by the findings of the Rotherham Inquiry and the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse are addressed.

In order to achieve our collective goals of improving safeguarding policy and practice, a radical re-framing of the ways in which economic disadvantage is perceived, exploited and disavowed is required. By questioning the historical and hierarchical cultures of denial in which female victims are ignored, blamed and denigrated, the potential benefits that participative voluntary engagement and professional attachment might portend are explored. Moreover, by questioning the relationships between citizenship, social class, sexual violence and justice, this lecture proposes a Youth Work approach through which professional empathy might be promoted and sustained.

Event details

Date: Monday, 22 August, 2016
Time: 5.00pm-7.00pm
Location: Edith Cowan University Joondalup Campus Building 30, Level 1, Room 125
RSVP: Light refreshments provided so RSVP is appreciated by Friday, 19 August to Alida Byatt
Parking: Off Joondalup Drive, Car Park 19, outside Building 30 in the blue staff parking bays.
Parking is free from 5.00pm.


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