Troubador Broken Lives

Released: 20/05/2019

eISBN: 9781838599287

Format: eBook

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Broken Lives


Just like any other mother, Samantha adores her two little girls. After an unhappy childhood of her own, filled with abuse and neglect, Samatha’s life takes a downward spiral. Tormented by childhood memories, alcohol becomes her only friend - and her greatest enemy.

Enter April Gardiner, social worker. April strives to help Samantha take control of her life, and to keep hold of her children - all while dealing with issues of her own. The two women form an unlikely bond; after similar starts in life, their different childhood experiences paved the way for the adults they have ultimately become.

A moving and eye-opening tale of privilege, disadvantage, and overcoming adversity, Broken Lives provides an insight into the daily lives of social workers and the vital work they do. It is ultimately a tale of hope.

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Teresa Devereux

I was bought up in a mining village and was the fourth of six children. I loved school and had great fun, but didn't start studying until I was in my thirties and had two children.. I have been married for 32 years and have three grandchildren. Apart from writing and being with the grandchildren I spend most of my spare time playing tennis.

I have a degree in Psychology and Social Policy and qualified as a social worker in 2001. I worked in a children and families team for eight years before moving into children with disabilities and then becoming a manager. I now work part time as an Independent Reviewing Officer, chairing reviews for children who are in foster care and my role is to ensure the local authority are providing adequate care for the children and all their needs are being met. I am a supporter of social justice and equality of opportunities and believe that every child, whatever their background, race or ethnicity, deserves the best chance to have a happy and fulfilling life and to reach their full potential.

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