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'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of Children: Institutional, Internet, and Familial Dimensions

Anne-Marie McAlinden


This book critically examines the official and popular discourses on grooming, predominantly framed within the context of on-line sexual exploitation and abuse committed by strangers, and institutional child abuse committed by those in positions of trust. Set against the broader theoretical framework of risk, security, and governance, this book argues that due to the difficulties of drawing clear boundaries between innocuous and harmful motivations towards children, pre-emptive risk-based criminal law and policy are inherently limited in preventing, targeting, and criminalising ‘grooming’ beha ... More

Keywords: grooming, child sexual abuse, child protection, risk management, institutional abuse, on-line abuse, street grooming, public health approaches

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583720
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583720.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne-Marie McAlinden, author
Reader in Law, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast