Skip main navigation

Hurry, only 12 days left to get one year of Unlimited learning for £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more

The importance of care

Watch an interview with Jenny Molloy as she talks about the importance of care in her life.

An audio interview with Jenny Molloy, aka Hackney Child. Jenny is a care leaver who now acts as a lecturer, adviser and trainer in social care and social work. Jenny is also the first Patron of the British Association of Social Workers.

Jenny co-authored her first two books ‘Hackney Child: A true story of surviving poverty and the care system’ and ‘Tainted Love: a true story of kids of who survive neglect’ under the pseudonym Hope Daniels to great critical acclaim and has published her third book, ‘Neglected: true stories of children’s search for love in and out of the care system’. Further details of Jenny and her work can be found on her Twitter account.

In this interview Jenny reflects upon her experience of being looked after and cared for within the formal care system, and identifies the importance of feeling loved and claimed by the adults looking after her. She also reflects upon some of the challenges that may exist for adults attempting to practice in this way within the current climate of risk aversion and notions of appropriate professional boundaries.

This article is from the free online

Caring for Vulnerable Children

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now