14 years working in residential children's homes. 5 years training foster carers and care staff. Trainee child therapist. 14 years in care as a child. Diary, anecdotes and rants about the good, bad and mediocre. Anonymised but all true.
In the kids home I work in there is a fake chalk board hanging on the wall with a recipe for happiness printed on it. You may have seen the kind of thing, “1 cup of kindness, a pinch of understanding…” etc. Suffice to say – I hate it.