This book, which is both deeply personal and also academically informed, considers the place of poetry and science in the caring professions together with the importance of feelings, emotions, the unconscious, resilience, compassion, hope and a sense of belonging in authentically caring for children in care. The poetry of WB Yeats, and that of Dylan Thomas, coupled with Gaelic folklore, academic theory and the lived experience of the author, frames the call for relational approaches to caring for children and the righteous place of passion within the social professions. Residential child care and its place in the current care system is also examined. The five chapters are:1) Belonging2) Emotions and Objectivity3) Pain, Resilience, Recovery and Adolescence4) Poetry, Science and Social Care5) Relationship and Residential Care
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Maurice Fenton has worked at all levels in residential care, trainee to director, within the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. He founded Empower Ireland in 2009 to support care leavers in Ireland, and is an independent advisor, researcher and author with a particular interest in mentoring and social justice. He is scheduled to complete his doctorate at Queens University Belfast in 2017.Review:
This is a beautiful, sensitively written little book which makes for compelling and inspirational reading giving us a vivid picture of the stolen lives of young people in care, identifying clearly the importance of caring for young people in a deeply human, compassionate and professional manner.
What comes across clearly is that good caring is rooted in right relationships,right relationships with ourselves, the carers, with our colleagues and with young people. These relationships are essential interconnected components that impact on each other in the care of children and young people.
Having the appropriate tools, skills and knowledge are very important but without right relationships these are meaningless.
It captures the raw pain experienced by young people whose lives are stolen by repeated neglect, rejection and abandonment, often in their own families,stolen again through the broken promises and our failure to provide adequate care for them, and stolen once more by our lack of aftercare and yet again by the continuous rejection and stigmatisation in society, often leading to self-harm and self-rejection.
Yet in the midst of all this there is Hope. Hope because of the resilience of so many young people and the strong belief in the power of right relationships.
The authors own relationship with nature, poetry and the arts is a huge resource and very pertinent and central to this work and a strong reminder of the important place they ought to have in the lives of those who work in this area.
This book should be essential reading for all involved in this area of work.
The Stolen Child provides a powerful blend of personal narrative and academic commentary steeped in Irish folklore,history and poetry. The author offers a unique perspective on resilience,belonging, rejection and hope. The original and accessible writing is essential reading for all working in this field.
Dr Ray Arthur, Northumbria University.
The word fabric occurs atintervals in this book. Indeed, the author himself has skillfully andprovocatively woven his own analytical fabric to greateffect. Opening with the poetry of Yeats, heimbues his narrative with it. He posits the absolutenecessity to challenge the 'illusionary magic' of science as a cosy toolof bureaucracy that, despite grandiose claims, does little toput children in state care first.
Noel Howard,Treasurer, Social Care Ireland.
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Book Description Empower Ireland Press. Book Condition: As New. 2016. Paperback. Very good clean copy with minor reader wear. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KAK0001588
Book Description Empower Ireland Press, 2016. Book Condition: As New. 2016. Paperback. Very good clean copy with minor reader wear. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # KAK0001588
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008307735