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The role of detached youth work in preventing and identifying sexual harm

ByJenny Lloyd, Danielle Fritz

This chapter draws upon existing literature and new empirical research to highlight the key role that detached youth workers can play in supporting prevention of harm and creating environments conducive to disclosure within the spaces. It highlights how the physical presence of detached youth workers in young people's spaces is instrumental to building relationships that offer scope for prevention and identification of abuse. The chapter summarises pertinent themes from the existing body of literature on detached youth work provision and the study's methodology. It builds upon the work of these and other authors to argue that detached youth work provides a critical opportunity to implement a contextual approach to safeguarding young people that can form part of wider efforts to prevent and identify harm. Young people require high-quality, age appropriate sex and relationship education and information to prevent sexual harm.