Helen Oakwater “This engaging conference speech explains why so many adopted and fostered children “explode” for no apparent reason?

The long term effect of neglect and maltreatment on children’s behaviour is explored using metaphors, diagrams and drama.

Children are confused by the mismatch between their sensory memories of maltreatment in infancy; and the saccharine story they are subsequently told. This mismatch creates long term confusion and feelings of shame which impacts their behaviour and frequently derails their progress through life.”