Adele Gladman and Angie Heal have taken on a daunting task in writing a book about organised sexual abuse and intimate terrorism, with input from survivors, victims and professionals. The result is an extraordinary achievement, full of direct testimony and of real practical use to families, practitioners and managers in sustaining a proactive, community-wide approach to these social evils. The worst of human behaviour is here, and yet to counter this we also see amazing courage, resistance and love, and excellent practice to counter the failures. Anyone can benefit from reading this book, because we all need to understand what makes communities vulnerable to networks of abuse and the continuous steps that are needed to help keep them safe.
Adele Gladman and Angie Heal were two of the remarkable individuals who understood what was happening in Rotherham long before the world did, and worked tirelessly to support young people and make others take action ... This book is therefore of great significance as the authors, once again, bring the experiences of children and young people themselves to the fore.
This is a comprehensive work by two practitioners who were at the heart of the Rotherham CSE case. It is without doubt the defining work on sexual exploitation of children in the UK and is a text that all social workers and practitioners in the field should read. It has been important to chart the history of Rotherham. It has enabled the authors to provide much needed guidance for us all on how best to recognise and deal with this scourge of our towns and cities.