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    Description"Shattered Lives" bears witness to the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and highlights the effects of early traumatic episodes. Chapters take the form of letters to a child capturing their life experiences, hugely impacted by sexual abuse, parental substance misuse and loss, leading to feelings of shame, rejection and worthlessness. Batmanghelidjh offers understanding for those baffled by these hard-to-reach children and warns against stigmatizing them for their problem behaviour. In her critique of existing structures, she exposes the plight of children who are overlooked by the authorities and denounces those who value bureaucracy over the welfare of the individual child. Society's failure to acknowledge the truth of their experiences and act to change the environment in which such mistreatment can flourish is, she strongly argues, leading to the death of childhood. The book is a clarion call for change.

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    Shattered Lives
    Children Who Live with Courage and Dignity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Camila Batmanghelidjh
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 472 g
    ISBN 13: 9781843104346
    ISBN 10: 1843104342

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    BIC subject category V2: JMC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JKSB1, JFFE1
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    B&T General Subject: 670
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15310
    BISAC V2.8: FAM001010
    DC22: 362.76
    B&T Merchandise Category: MAJ
    BISAC V2.8: PSY006000, SOC025000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: RC569.5.C55 B28 2006
    Thema V1.0: JMC, JKSB1, JBFK1
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    01 June 2006
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    Author Information
    Camila Batmanghelidjh is founder and director of Kids Company, a charity which runs on a self-referral basis to provide emotional and practical multidisciplinary support to vulnerable and isolated inner-city children. Kids Company was the subject of the recent BBC2 documentary 'Tough Kids - Tough Love', and in recognition of her achievements with the company, Camila was awarded the title of 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' at the 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards. Camila trained in fine and performing arts as well as in psychotherapy, and has over 15 years' experience in child psychology. In her mid-twenties she set up her first charity, The Place to Be (now known as P2B) - a national organization offering therapy to children in schools, which is highly commended by the Department of Health. She organised the acclaimed 2004 Tate Modern exhibition 'Shrinking Childhoods' - a collection of art created by children from Kids Company. Camila hopes to raise public awareness of the children who are often abandoned by society, and to change attitudes towards them.
    Review quote
    'This wonderful bombshell of a book is a sustained, honourable and timely paen of fury on behalf of the children whose murdered childhood haunts and damages us all. In these circumstances "neutrality is offensive" from all professionals and indeed adults who disguise the real level of pain they witness in children for the sake of easier research, policy, relationship with peers and superiors.' Valerie Sinason, PhD, MACP, MInst Psychoanal, FRSA, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst 'Camilla Batmangelidgh is a remarkable woman, a child who grew up to fight for children and childhood. This is a truly remarkable book. We must all ensure that it becomes life changing. Politicians should read it with a view to examining why and how we let children fall between the cracks of societal aspiration, legislation and protection, to be damaged and then do damage to others. Public servants should read it to remember why they exist. As parents we should read it and then love and understand our children a little better in the future. Read it and weep. Read it and resolve that we must do better. If it was hard to write and at times hard to read, imagine what it was to live.' Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties)
    Table of contents
    Introduction. 1. The Witnessing. 2. Introduction to Therapeutic Thinking. 3. Exploring the Impact of Sexual Abuse - Letter to Chardonnay. 4. Shame - Letter to Daisy. 5. Adaptive Violence - Letter to Mr Mason. 6. Psychosocial Vulnerabilities Leading to Violence - Letter to Rocky. 7. Cradled in Terror - Children's Capacity to be Violent. 8. Legitimizing Neglect - Letter to Flower. 9. Parental Addictions - Letter to Julie. 10. Letter to Deny, Cry and Try. Conclusion. Appendix 1: The Basic "Who's who?" of the Therapy World. Appendix 2: Substance Misuse: A Tourist's Guide.