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'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of ChildrenInstitutional, Internet, and Familial Dimensions$
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Anne-Marie McAlinden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583720.001.0001

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Legislative and Policy Responses to Grooming

Legislative and Policy Responses to Grooming

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(p.198) 6 Legislative and Policy Responses to Grooming
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'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of Children
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Anne‐Marie McAlinden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583720.003.0006

This chapter examines the regulatory frameworks on pre-employment vetting and barring as well as the offence of ‘Meeting a Child Following Grooming/Certain Preliminary Contact/for the Purpose of Sexual Exploitation’, which have been designed to pre-emptively manage grooming in each of the four jurisdictions in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It argues that there are a range of evidential and practical difficulties intrinsic to preventing, targeting, and sanctioning grooming behaviour solely through legal and policy frameworks on ‘risk’. It draws out the significant variations between jurisdictions which may have pose additional challenges for law enforcement. It also examines the various transnational mechanisms and protocols designed to combat on-line grooming. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the major themes emerging from the primary research, including the limitations of pre-emptive policies on risk, work with victims, inter-agency and cross-jurisdictional contexts, and problems unique to jurisdictions.

Keywords:   vetting and barring, grooming, risk, evidential difficulties, law enforcement, transnational mechanisms, victims, inter-agency, cross-jurisdictional

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