Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Kate Brown

The concept of ‘vulnerability’ and its use in the care and control of young people

My research aims to develop understanding about the way ‘vulnerability’ is used in determining interventions and courses of action for groups or individuals. It takes young people who are seen as ‘vulnerable’ as a case-study group. A particular area of focus is where young people are seen by services as ‘vulnerable’ and at the same time as ‘perpetrators’ of ‘problem behaviour’, and possible tensions arising from this.
The study considers ‘official’ understandings of vulnerability and the perspectives of practitioners, policy makers and commissioners in children’s services, alongside the views of young people who are seen as ‘vulnerable’ in some way.


Teaching activities

I am a teaching assistant on the Level 3 Module ‘Globalisation and the Sex Trade’, as well as the Level 1 module ‘Crime, Deviance and Social Control’.

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