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

Buck, G, Lawrence, A and Ragonese, EL (2017) Exploring peer mentoring as a form of innovative practice with young people at risk of child sexual exploitation. British Journal of Social Work, 47 (6). pp. 1745-1763. ISSN 1468-263X

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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
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The version of record Gillian Buck, Angela Lawrence, Ester Ragonese; Exploring Peer Mentoring as a Form of Innovative Practice with Young People at Risk of Child Sexual Exploitation, The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 47, Issue 6, 1 September 2017, Pages 1745–1763, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx089
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1607 Social Work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 13:59
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:12
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx089
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7175
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