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Safeguarding Young People

Responding to Young People aged 11 to 17 who are maltreated

By virtue of their generally different capacities and lifestyles, it seems reasonable to suggest that the risks faced by these older young people are likely to be quite different to those faced by very young children and that therefore ensuring the safety of these young people requires specific attention. However, child protection research has paid relatively little attention to this issue – often tending to treat all children and young people between the ages of 0 and 17 as a homogeneous group.