Dr Gill Buck - 'Exploring peer mentoring as an innovative response to child sexual exploitation'

Part of the Warrington Lunchtime Seminar Series

Pictured is the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester.
Pictured is the Warrington Campus of the University of Chester.
Link to Dr Gill Buck - 'Exploring peer mentoring as an innovative response to child sexual exploitation' event
Thursday, 23rd November, 2017
12:30 - 13:30
Warrington Campus, Room TBC

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 seminar draws upon a study which aimed to increase understanding by listening to the young people using one such service. Qualitative approaches were adopted in an attempt to access the ways young people make sense of peer mentoring. Given the small, 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 in social welfare settings. Peer mentoring emerges here as a method which has 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 seminar will conclude 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 recognized and embedded.
 
For more information, please contact Dr Gill Buck via g.buck@chester.ac.uk