'Jenny Pearce has produced a marvellous book which is readable and encyclopaedic in its coverage of policy, practice and research. This book should be essential reading for everybody working with young people but especially for those providing services in CAMHS, education and health.' - Lorraine Radford, Head of Research, NSPCC
'This is an important overview which throws much needed light on a hidden social problem. The dilemmas faced by practitioners, services and researchers are sympathetically identified. I welcome the call for more attention to be paid to meeting the emotional and mental health needs of a group of young people who can seem too difficult and challenging. Jenny Pearce shows however that, with exceptional skill and patience, youth workers and others may be able to help stop them dropping out of sight.' - Susanne MacGregor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
‘As a comprehensive review of a wide range of issues in relation to the sexual exploitation of children and young people it is perfect for readers new to the subject. At the same time, it is complex and thought-provoking and has lots to offer people who already have significant knowledge and experience of this topic. The emphasis on young people’s own perspectives ensures that debate never becomes esoteric. ' - Kevin Lowe, Co-Director, Young People in Focus
'In offering a more subtle, complex and social analysis of the issues – including the policy context which shapes the lives of young people in the UK in the twenty-first century and young people’s resilience – Pearce’s contribution is sure to provide academics and researchers with a new way to think about the issues and policy makers with a new foundation on which to intervene. This is a must read.' - Jo Phoenix, Durham University, UK
About the Author
Jenny. J. Pearce is Professor of Young People and Public Policy at the University of Bedfordshire; Director of the International Centre for the Study of Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Children and Young People; and co-founder/ member of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People.