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Book Title: Known to Social Services|
The author of the book: Freya Barrington
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Edition: FARAXA Publishing
Date of issue: 2015
ISBN 13: 9789995782870
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Winner of the non-fiction section of the 2015 London Book Festival AND awarded an Honorable Mention in the non-fiction section of the 2016 Paris Book Festival.
Written from life experience and ringing with authenticity, Known to Social Services follows Diane Foster, a dedicated social worker, into the grim, grey world of the Deacon Hill estate in Millbrook and the tormented lives of its inhabitants. Domestic violence, child abuse, serial paedophiles and ex-convicts proliferate in the daily lives of most of the children, but Diane enters deeply into this world of misery to help the victims and keep together the fragile structure of society. Hampered by an administration inhabited by paper-shuffling and uninvolved, uncaring bureaucrats, Diane fights unremittingly to protect the children of Deacon Hill from rape, horror, random violence, female genital mutilation and murder, within the context of a horrifying barrenness and desolate existential reality.
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Read information about the authorFreya Barrington is the pen name of a senior child protection social worker in England, who worked for local authorities that required experienced social workers to offer support when there were staff shortages. She holds a Diploma in Social Work from the University of Derby with an award for excellence in practice, and is a registered member in good standing with the Health & Care Professions Council (UK).
Freya's debut work "Known to Social Services" was based on her own experiences as a front line social worker. The book has been the number one bestselling social work book on Amazon UK several times. "Known To Social Services" went on to WIN the autobiography/memoir section of the 2015 London Book Festival and won an Honorable Mention at the 2016 Paris Book Festival in the General Non-Fiction Section.
Freya's second book, "Gozo Is the Grass Greener?" is an autobiographical account of her and her husband's move from the UK to the Mediterranean Maltese island of Gozo. With laugh out loud and tear jerking anecdotes in equal measure, "Gozo Is The Grass Greener?" received an honorable mention in the autobiography/biography section at the 2015 London Book Festival and WON the autobiography/biography section at the 2016 Paris Book Festival.
Freya's latest novel, titled Caught in Traffick is the sequel to her first book, Known to Social Services. It is set in the harrowing world of child trafficking in Thailand. Caught in Traffick was awarded an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction Section of the 2016 London Book Festival.
Freya currently lives in France, but travels often to undertake book signings and to give talks in regard to her books. In March 2015 Freya visited the UK and spoke to social work students at several Universities in regard to her experiences as a social worker and gave an account of her motivation in writing "Known to Social Services". In October 2015, Freya returned to Malta and Gozo after being invited to give talks to the students at the University there and to other interested organisations. While in Malta, Freya was interviewed by the Maltese Newspaper The Times of Malta.
Freya continues to write three blogs, one in regard to the life she had in Gozo, one with more serious content relating to social work and one about her new life in Brittany.
Freya has been a contributor to the UK's Guardian Newspaper Social Care blog, and has appeared in features in several media including social work's Community Care Magazine.
Freya has also guested on radio stations in the UK and Malta.
Freya has been with her musician husband Steve for ten years; in her spare time, (when she has any) Freya enjoys horse riding, walking, bird watching, reading, cooking, drinking good coffee and spending time with friends and family.
Freya recently adopted a Griffon Bleu De Gascogne dog from the refuge in Brittany where she lived. Called Merlin, Freya penned a short story about his rescue titled, Merlin The Hound Dog; Part One In From The Cold.
Freya is indebted to Faraxa Publishing who have offered so much support in her career as a writer.
Please visit Freya's website and blogs at www.freyabarrington.com for more details on this exciting new author.
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