Why is adolescent neglect an important issue?

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Public responses to troubled teenagers are often polarised. In the popular media they may be demonised as hooligans or hoodies, or they may be pitied as victims. The plight of homeless teenagers and the child sexual grooming scandals have highlighted the vulnerability of adolescents. But the failure
of agencies to respond is in part a consequence of these young people being seen as ‘blameworthy’, in some way themselves responsible for their neglect and abuse, a perception that has never been far from the surface. This short essay will summarise the findings of the ‘adolescent neglect’ research project, a collaboration between the University of York, The Children’s Society and the
NSPCC, which aimed to address the lack of understanding of the topic and provide evidence to re-think policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationToo old, too young? Theology on the ambiguity of adolescence and the impact of neglect
PublisherThe Children's Society
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • adolescent neglect

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