Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds. by Cathy GlassHidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds. by Cathy Glass

Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.

byCathy Glass

Paperback | May 20, 2008

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From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author comes the poignant and shocking memoir of Cathy's recent relationship with Tayo, a young boy she fosters whose good behaviour and polite manners hide a terrible past.Tayo arrives at Cathy's with only the clothes he stands up in. He has been brought to her by the police, but he is calm, polite, and very well spoken, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. The social worker gives Cathy the forms which should contain Tayo's history, but apart from his name and age, it is blank. Tayo has no past.Tayo is an 'invisible' child, kidnapped from his loving father in Nigeria and brought illegally to the UK by his drink and drugs dependent prostitute mother, where he is put to work in a sweat shop in Central London. When he sustains an injury and is no longer earning, he is cast out.When Cathy takes Tayo to school he points out a dozen different addresses where he has stayed in the last six months, often being left alone. Tayo lies, and manipulates situations to his own advantage and Cathy has to be continually on guard. Tayo's social worker searches all computer databases but there is no record of Tayo - he has only attended school for 3 terms and has never seen a doctor. He and his mother have been evading the authorities by living 'underground'.With his mother recently released from prison, Tayo is desperate to live with his father in Nigeria, but no one can track him down or even prove that he exists.
Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted a...
Title:Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:May 20, 2008Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007260989

ISBN - 13:9780007260980


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Such a lovley, well written story. I have not been able to stop reading your books! Onto reading Cut now! <3
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Cathy Glass I love reading your books. You always keep the reader not wanting to put the book done. It's like we are right there with you
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sensaionalising child abuse is wrong ....as is breaching confidentiality policies and procedures which foster carers are supposed to adhere to. True, the names will have been changed but certain details could easily identify such children. Do they, the subjects of these tales, receive any of the profits? Disgraceful.
Date published: 2013-08-15
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Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hIdden This book klept me reading until I fin Ished it. it made me cry and made me me laugh, what a beautiful ending.
Date published: 2013-02-07

Editorial Reviews

'Plays out like a juicy ITV1 drama.at times heartbreaking. But Hidden is also a life -affirming read which proves that, despite the bad press, Social Services do have their successes - and ultimately, sometimes a little hope is all you need.' HeatReviews for 'Damaged':'Cannot fail to move those who read it.' Adoption-net'Heartbreaking.' The Mirror'A truly harrowing read that made me cry.' The Sun'A true tale of hope. ****.' OK!'Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that.****' First Magazine'A hugely touching and emotional true tale.' Star Magazine