Jenny Molloy

Jenny Molloy, BASW England Patron is an author and a motivational speaker. The author of ‘Hackney Child', and "Tainted Love" under her pen name Hope Daniels, she spent most of her childhood in care, and is now a married Mother, Grandmother, and of course, a care leaver. Jenny was under the Care of Hackney Social Services, and was known as a "Hackney Child", hence the book name.

“At the age of nine, Hope Daniels walked into Stoke Newington Police Station with her little brothers and asked to be taken into care. Home life was intolerable: both of Hope's parents were alcoholics and her mum was a prostitute. The year was 1983. As London emerged into a new era of wealth and opportunity, the Daniels children lived in desperate poverty, neglected and barely nourished. Hounded by vigilante neighbours and vulnerable to the drunken behaviour of her parents' friends, Hope had to draw on her inner strength.

Hackney Child is Hope's gripping story of physical and emotional survival - and the lifeline given to her by the support of professionals working in the care system. Despite all the challenges she faced, Hope never lost compassion for her parents, particularly her alcoholic father. Her experiences make essential reading and show that, with the right help, the least fortunate children have the potential not only to recover but to thrive.”

All posts by Jenny Molloy

Ethan’s story about life in care: A conversation with Jenny Molloy

Video: ‘Social workers have been so important in my life’ – Jenny Molloy

A short video from Jenny Molloy on the role social workers played in her life and top tips for newly qualified social workers.

Video: neglect – a lived experience

Video: CSE – a lived experience of child sexual exploitation in care

Learn as a group: neglect – understand what it felt and looked like for Jenny Molloy

CPD session using video and discussion to emphasise why you should keep the child at the centre in cases involving neglect

Learn as a group: CSE – learning from a service user’s experience

How to recognise signs of child sexual exploitation from a care leaver’s perspective: quick guide

Top tips for spotting the signs of neglect

Tips and key messages for recognising the significance and signs of neglect in the home.