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.”