Eleanor Oliphant is not fine – this book is dangerously irresponsible

This is a book about a character who is part of one of the most marginalised and misunderstood populations in society – and it perpetuates a number of harmful myths.

Can we make room for love while keeping those in children’s homes safe?

As a society we have paradoxical attitudes towards children generally, and children in care in particular. On one hand we know they need love if they are to grow into healthy, happy adults – of course we do – but on the other we’ve become more and more suspicious about the motives of the unrelated adults around them.

Kids in care deserve our compassion, not suspicion 

It’s not going into care that hinders a child’s life choices – it’s the earlier experiences that necessitate them being removed from home.