Camila Batmangheldijh CBE is a qualified Psychotherapist with 30 years experience of working with troubled children and young people. Some nineteen academic institutions have recognised her contribution to children’s welfare by awarding her with honorary doctorates and fellowships.
She 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.
Camila published two books Shattered Lives and Mind the Child. She contributed to numerous academic publications and 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!
KIDS — Buy it here
What was lost when Kids Company imploded last summer? More than reputations. The charitys founding vision, that there is a gap called love in how the state responds to abused and abandoned children, also vanished. In this book, the founder of Kids Company lays out the thinking behind a model of care that broke the cycle of neglect for thousands of vulnerable children. She reveals the true scale of Britain’s failure in children’s services, making public two decades of candid exchanges with prime ministers and senior politicians to explain why the sector has not improved since Victorian times. She also reveals the deceits used by local authorities to stop the magnitude of the problem becoming known. This is a book of hope, however. Calling on a plethora of moving case histories, it presents the science that gives cause for optimism; proof that even the most troubled young lives can be turned around. Looking forward rather than back, the book shows how a new model of support could be cheaper and far more effective than existing provision. Kids Company has gone. And yet something like it must be the future. It is imperative that the breakthroughs in understanding that came from its work are now shared with the widest audience. This book is an unusual collaboration between two outstanding individuals. One author is Camila Batmanghelidjh, who spent thirty years working with troubled families. The other is an award-winning journalist, Tim Rayment, who was sent to investigate Camila but decided instead that the real public interest lay in hearing her vital, life-changing message.
PUBLICATION DATE: 27 June 2017