Pan Macmillan has acquired an autobiography by Jayne Senior, who worked with victims of sex abuse in Rotherham and who became a whistleblower for The Times.
For 14 years, Senior tried to help girls from Rotherham who had been groomed, raped, tortured, pimped and threatened with violence by sex traffickers.
As the manager of Risky Business, which was set up to work with vulnerable teens, she kept notes and details of the perpetrators, and passed information on to the police and local authorities. After losing hope that the authorities would take action against the gangs she had identified as the abusers, she became a whistleblower for The Times investigative reporter Andrew Norfolk.
In her memoir, called Cover Up, Senior “describes a life spent working to protect Rotherham’s girls, the pressure put on her by the authorities to stop rocking the boat, and why she risked prison in the hope that she could help end the appalling child exploitation in that town”.
Editorial director Ingrid Connell said: “We’re proud to be publishing Jayne’s autobiography. She is a truly inspirational woman who has dedicated her life to helping children at risk.”
Senior said: “I hope with this book I can give a voice to those children and parents who were failed so badly, and that we can learn lessons for the future so this situation never happens again.’
Pan Macmillan acquired world English rights from the The Viney Agency. Cover Up will be published by the Pan imprint in spring 2016.