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    Rights statement: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Emma Palmer, Marian Foley; ‘I Have My Life Back’: Recovering from Child Sexual Exploitation. Br J Soc Work 2017; 47 (4): 1094-1110. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw020 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcw020

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I have my life back: recovering from Child Sexual Exploitation

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/06/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Social Work
Issue number4
Volume47
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)1094-1110
Publication statusPublished
Early online date20/04/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Despite intense focus on child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the UK, little is known about how and why some young people recover well from sustained exploitation by multiple perpetrators. Using thematic analysis, three published memoirs by young people (female) about their sexual exploitation by groups of men in the UK are analysed for insight into what contributes to positive short- and long-term outcomes. Despite the populist nature of the publications, the memoirs offer an important insight into young people’s understandings of their exploitation. The rich detail inherent to memoir exposes the complexities and dilemmas faced by the young people and the professionals involved. Being listened and believed by family and professionals is the most significant aspect to positive adaptation post exploitation in these accounts. However, the dynamics of grooming and the nature of contemporary social work intervention and investigation render disclosure difficult. As these accounts illustrate, CSE is characterised by uncertainty and complexity, and this is the domain in which social work needs to intervene more successfully to support young people.

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Emma Palmer, Marian Foley; ‘I Have My Life Back’: Recovering from Child Sexual Exploitation. Br J Soc Work 2017; 47 (4): 1094-1110. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw020 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/bjsw/bcw020