Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE is a qualified Psychotherapist with 30 years experience working with troubled children and young people. Some nineteen academic institutions have recognised her contribution tochildren’s welfare by awarding her with honorary doctorates and fellowships. She has founded two children’s charities- Place2Be, which offers counselling to children in schools, and Kids Company, which was supporting some 36,000 children and families with emotional, educational, aspirational and practical support.
Sadly, Kids Company was forced to suddenly close in 2015 after two decades of therapeutic work in the inner cities. The charity’s closure was as a result of false sexual abuse allegations taken to the media. Following a rigorous investigation, the police concluded that they found no fault with Kids Company’s safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. They also stated that no crime had been committed.
Camila has dedicated her life to speaking up for, supporting, and representing the needs of children who have experienced complex trauma and deprivation. She remains motivated and inspired by their courage. She has published two books: ‘Shattered Lives’ and ‘Mind the Child’, has contributed to numerous academic publications and has provided training for a range of clinical and social work agencies.
She loves the arts, fashion, and academic papers, as well as felt tips! Her favourite place to be is in a swimming pool. She describes herself as being a terrible cook, and has not learnt driving out of mercy for the driving instructor. For years she has tried to master the art of using a chopstick and continues to fail abysmally.
There are two things she says are essential for a happy life: spirituality, and a good lipstick!