'Hackney Child is a shocking reminder of what some children are subjected to as they grow up. The scars can last a lifetime and there is no certainty they will ever heal. The best way is always to fight back. Hope Daniels has done this and displayed great courage in reliving the events of her childhood through this manuscript. I wish her all the success in the world' Harry Keeble, Best Selling Author of "Baby X"
'Hackney Child' tells us the story of Hope as she grew up in the Care system. It is a terrible indictment of our society that children should suffer such cruelty, especially when being 'cared for' by people who should protect them. I pray, that by telling her story, Hope can find some peace because I believe this story needed to be told. Have a happy life Miss Daniels' Cassie Harte, Sunday Times Number One bestselling author
'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, the powerful impact that small decisions can have on a child s life and the on-going struggles Care children face even as adults. As her name exemplifies, Hopes compelling account fortifies that every marginalised child has a chance to overcome adversity' Ruth Stivey, The Who Cares? Trust
'Hackney Child is already gaining 5 star reviews and tells the hard-wrenching truths of her childhood, growing up with parents incapable of caring for their children. It s raw and absorbing' Grazia
'Reading it, one is left with a kind of desolation naïve as it might be that children in the UK are still living lives like this' Louise Carpenter, The Times Magazine
The juxtaposition between the narrative of the innocent and accepting young Hope and the mournful reflections by the adult author makes this book incredible 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
'Hackney Child offers a refreshingly honest, first-hand account of a young woman growing up in the care system. It offers an invaluable insight into the emotional world of such children, and the day to day life of Hope Daniels ... 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
'This book is 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
'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
About the Author
Hope Daniels was the child of alcoholic parents. She spent most of her childhood in care, where her experience was broadly positive. At the age of thirty, she felt ready to deal with the demons of her childhood and engaged with intensive therapy, where she sought recovery for a dependency issue. She is very proud to refer to herself as a 'care leaver in recovery'. Under her real name, Jenny Molloy, she is a guest lecturer, has been central to the development of the 'Care Leavers' Charter' - founded in October 2012, and is called on by government bodies to advise on the care and fostering of children. Her mission is to reach out to care leavers and associated professionals to inspire hope and to remind us that all care leavers have ability Morag Livingstone is an experienced documentary photographer and film maker. She has an Honours Degree in Business Studies and 15 years' experience in the corporate sector. She went on to attain a Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London University of the Arts, where she is now a guest lecturer. When not writing, she makes films across continents that bring stories of poverty, low income and young peoples' mental health to life for the development sector. Like her namesake, the explorer Dr Livingstone, Morag has lived in Zambia. She is related to Dr Livingstone's wife, Mary Moffat, rather than the man himself, but she is still looking for that elusive link.