Hackney Child: a true tale of 'Hope Daniels' a neglected, but resourceful child surviving UK poverty and the care system

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Hackney Child is about a resourceful child, whose parents are unable to cope. Hope is left to help her brothers survive poverty and the economic collapse of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her mother is a prostitute whose clients come to the home, and the children are exposed to her profession, knowing it is wrong, but without fully understanding. Despite the challenges, the compassion Hope shows towards her parents, particularly her alcoholic father shows the nature of the child. Her resourcefulness and determination to survive is shown as she tries to do all she can to support her brothers, by gathering and stealing food, until it all gets too much. Hope became a ward of court and remained in the care system until she was 18 years old. Hope believes that if she had not been in care she would have repeated the generational pattern of her own and many low income families: prostitution, drugs, prison; growing up with an inability to positively contribute to society. Without the support of professionals within and out of the care system she would, as an adult, have become a burden on the taxpayer, rather than the contributing individual she has worked hard to become. Despite popular belief, children in care are damaged before going into the care system, not always because of the care system. However flawed the care system may be, it is often better than home.

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Hope: This book is Hope's recollection of her life before and during care. Memories prompted by real locations, sounds, social services files and events which have allowed her to provide extensive written and oral interviews to Morag Livingstone. Now in her mid-thirties, she has achieved beyond the reach of the majority of “Care Kids”, thus far more than she would have done if she had stayed at home. Her files express her, and the social workers’, desire to be accepted into Law School. Hope feared this opportunity and consciously took a different path by becoming pregnant at 18 and hence following the “expected path” of a child in care. Morag: is a published writer on social and corporate social responsibility issues. She is a videographer and documentary photographer (www.livingstonesphotos.com and www.nutmegcommunications.com) with a track record of working to promote positive change and raise awareness for corporations on the one hand and, on the other, those living in low income, poverty or with mental or physical health concerns. After gaining an Honours degree in Business Studies and 15 years in the corporate sector, Morag decided it was time to combine the creative with corporate ethical and social policies. In the process Morag attained a Masters Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication. She has created multimedia films in Europe, Asia, Africa and America demonstrating her ability to bring an individuals story to life through story telling. Morag first came to know Hackney when she volunteered on a pilot project, working with young people on a collaborative approach with a mental health charity working with an art therapist to building confidence and skills through photography and writing. Hope and Morag met when they worked together for Citizens Advice on the film "Life After Debt" which focuses on the financial challenges faced by people with a disability. In writing this book we hope to bridge the gap between the perceptions and fears of people in care; to reach out to, and inspire looked after children, to believe in themselves, to provide them with hope about the future and to ask the thinkers in society when making decisions, to consider the child’s perspective. This is Morag and Hopes first book. If you wish to contact Hope or Morag please do so through http://www.facebook.com/hope.believe1 or moraglivingstone@livingstonesphotos.com

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`For all those who believe we intervene too often in family life; that parents always know best; that removing a child from his or her parents is an abuse of human rights; this book is essential reading' -- Martin Narey, Slideshare `A must read for anyone seeking deeper understanding of the experiences and feelings of children who come into the care system' -- Henrietta Bond, Adoption & Fostering `A refreshingly honest, first-hand account ... It offers an invaluable insight into the emotional world of such children ... It will touch your heart, stir all kinds of emotions, and give you a perspective which is so child focused, it may change how you view the care system' -- Urs Bielmann, UK Fostering `Incredibly powerful ... Hackney Child really is a must-read, not only for social workers but also for teachers, nursery staff, neighbours and friends' -- Rebecca Maxfield, Beacon Hill Training `Reading it, one is left with a kind of desolation naive as it might be, that children in the UK are still living lives like this' -- Louise Carpenter * The Times Magazine * `Hackney Child is already gaining 5 star reviews ... It's raw and absorbing' * Grazia * `An insightful look into one girl's journey into the Care system in the eighties, Hope's story shows the maturity and opportunistic attitude some vulnerable children undertake in order to thrive' -- Ruth Stivey, The Who Cares? Trust `A shocking reminder of what some children are subjected to as they grow up' -- Harry Keeble, Best Selling Author of Baby X

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