The Brightness of Stars: Stories of Adults Who Came Through the Care System
In this poignant book, Lisa Cherry brings together a collection of candid and personal reflections on the care system in the UK, offering alternative ways of thinking about the care experience, supporting better ways of working, and providing justification for a trauma-informed lens to be applied to all forms of work with those in care.
Through personal insights and reflections, the book brings often-unheard stories vividly to life, beginning with the author’s own. These are stories about love and pain; hurt and isolation; the depth of lived experience that makes up a life; how we live our lives through our relationships with others and where we feel we fit in. In this thoughtfully compiled third edition, original contributors such as Pav Akhtar, look back on their own reflections from the lives that they live now, new stories from activists Isabelle Kirkham; Rosie Canning, Sean Geoghegan, and others bring new perspectives, and discussion points provide the opportunity to consider the realities of the care experience as well as life beyond.
Whilst each story is unique, shared themes reveal the truth of the care system and, coming at a time where there is a real opportunity for change, the narratives in this book are ultimately stories of hope and connection. This is crucial reading for policy makers, those working in social work, education and adoption, as well as care experienced adults.