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Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Ragonese, EL and Buck, G Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation. British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 1468-263X (Accepted)

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Abstract

Peer-led approaches hold unique and innovative potential as a response to child sexual exploitation (CSE), yet little is known about such approaches in this field. This study aims to increase understanding by listening to young people using one such service. Qualitative methods were adopted in an attempt to understand how young people make sense of peer mentoring, data were collected through self-completion booklets; interviews; and a focus group, and analysed using thematic analysis and Gilligan’s listening guide (see Kiegelmann, 2009). Given the small and local sample, the findings presented are not representative, rather they provide a snapshot, which enables us to consider the approach with this client group and the broader implications for peer-led practices. Peer mentoring emerges here as a method which may have emotional, practical and interpersonal benefits for young people facing multiple vulnerabilities. It also, importantly, reaches young women from hidden populations, who are often missing from, or missed by, support services. The article concludes by reflecting on the dilemmas associated with peer-led work and by outlining suggestions made by young people themselves, in the hope that inherent strengths in the approach can be recognised and embedded.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1607 Social Work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 13:59
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 13:59
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7175

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