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Stabilization of youth in the child welfare system: Prevention for youth at risk of domestic minor sex trafficking
This research pursues interventions to stabilize and reduce harm of youth at risk of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) while in the care of child welfare services. Researchers have identified an intersection between youth at risk of DMST and the child welfare system. Youth in the child welfare system run away from placement frequently. Past studies have found that running away from placement positions youth at a greater risk to be victimized of DMST. Researchers have found reasons youth run from placement include access to positive social support systems and to run away from negative social interactions with care providers. There is a gap in the current literature for interventions to stabilize youth at risk of DMST. This study employs qualitative research methods to explore effective interventions from the perspective of social workers employed by Child Welfare System (CWS) who work closely with youth at risk of DMST. A total of 10 social workers were interviewed. An instrumental case study was described to exemplify the strategies used by the social workers to successfully stabilize a youth victimized of DMST. The findings describe practical strategies for service providers to employ when working with youth at risk of DMST in the child welfare system who frequently run away.