Known to Social Services
2015 London Book Festival Winner and Honorable Mention in the 2016 Paris Book Festival
Known to Social Services by senior child protection social worker Freya Barrington is #1 Bestseller at Amazon UK for social work books (Feb/Mar 2015 and January 2016) and received at least 22 five-star reviews.. The book is the winner of the Biography / Autobiography / Memoir Category in the 2015 London 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.
Known to Social Services is available in paperback and ebook editions.