You don’t have to know me long before you find out that I was a social worker for 25 years and I loved it. Far from being the nightmare job some think of it, its one of the most rewarding jobs ever. Where else could you save a youngster from being abused, help a teenager understand mental health, help a young person to find their genetic family?
It was that last task that inspired my latest book. The focus is solely on Chelsea, who has had the misfortune to be born into the wrong family. There’s an old saying that you can change your friends, but not your family, and that is so true for her. But what you can do is learn all about them about them, how they tick, why they did what they did and how they’re managing now. That’s what Chelsea did.
It took a lot of guts and the right person at the right time to help, but it made a life changing difference for Chelsea.
Chelsea isn’t like most people. For as long as she can remember she’s been in care, and for all sorts of reasons this hasn’t gone well. At fourteen years old her past has been the stuff of nightmares, so much so that even she hasn’t wanted to know the full story.
Desperately searching for the love she’s always craved, her life takes an even more sinister turn when she’s befriended by two men with a string of convictions for the sexual abuse of minors.
Her only hope of salvation comes in the form of someone she’s never even met. Social worker Natasha Livingston is sent on a raid of the men’s house with the police. Little by little, Tasha uses her professional skills to help Chelsea understand her life and find a way towards a happier future. It means confronting some ghosts from the past but with support that helps her come to terms with what she’s been through.
Abandoned by My Mum is the story of Chelsea’s self-discovery and the recognition that whilst not everyone has her best interests at heart, there are some people who care enough to convince her she’s worth the effort.
This book is a work of fiction, presented as a case study, but it is based on similar events that have happened to real people so the story has real feeling and authenticity.
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