`Bubble Wrapped Children' is a `must read' for teachers, social workers, doctors, police, solicitors, youth workers and of course, adoptive and foster parents - in fact, everyone involved in working with children. The book is well researched and has a life, vitality and understanding that can only come from someone who has lived with `bubble wrapped children' and experienced first-hand the issues dealt with in the book.
The author has taken a subject which has wide implications for our society and education system and covered it in a powerful and informative way in a book illustrated throughout with clear and helpful diagrams. It's an `easy read' in terms of its clarity and style whilst the issues covered and some of the personal stories shared, are incredibly difficult .
The book covers so much more than the influences of social media on adopted children -the affects and legacy of early traumatic experiences are covered expertly and anyone wanting a clear and balanced explanation of the reasons why some young people present with challenges which are often difficult to fathom, will find many of the answers they need here.
The final chapter provides a strong message and some practical strategies for dealing with this subject. I hope it gets into the hands of some of the main decision makers and helps not only to change the course of adoption in the UK as well as giving new insights to adopters and foster carers but that it also gives the professionals working with some of the most traumatised children and young people in the country a real grasp of the effects of `toxic' parenting on our children.
There's a great use of metaphor, making some complex concepts so much easier to grasp. BWC provides a wonderfully clear map for anyone needing to understand the vulnerable and challenging children they live and work with. It is, without a doubt the clearest and most helpful book I've read on the subject.