Freya Barrington is the pen name of the author of the nonfiction book "Known to Social Services", which attained #1 UK Bestseller status in the Social Work Category in 2015, won the 2016 London Book Festival and an Honorable mention in the 2016 Paris Book Festival. "Gozo: Is the Grass Greener?" is her second book, won the 2016 Paris Book Festival and an Honorable mention in the 2015 London Book Festival. Freya is a senior child protection social worker in the UK, who works for local authorities that require experienced social workers to offer support when there are staff shortages.
Freya holds a Diploma in Social Work from the University of Derby, with an award for excellence in practice. She is also a registered member in good standing with the Health & Care Professions Council (UK).
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a teenager. Mainly, I wrote poetry because I liked the way words sounded when they rhymed - I enjoyed their rhythm. My favourite poem is "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare as has a feeling of mystery. My favourite children's poem is "The Dormouse and the Doctor" by AA Milne, which I feel is an excellent moral tale about minding one's own business and leaving well alone.
What is the story behind your book titled Known to Social Services?
The story behind my book is that social work is one of the most negatively portrayed professions in society. As a child protection social worker, I wanted to highlight the difficulties faced by social workers in their day-to-day lives. I wanted the general public to become aware of the reality of the harsh job they do, so I created the fictional character of social worker, Diane Foster. Then I wrote a fictional narrative about Diane and the caseload of children she is responsible for protecting.
'Caught in Traffick' is the sequel to 'Known to Social Services', and continues the story of social worker Diane Foster. Set mainly in Thailand; Diane and her partner Ethan are on a working holiday, blissfully unaware of the dangers lurking against the beautiful backdrop of white beaches and glorious monuments. With gripping twists and turns, hair-raising rescue attempts & heart breaking tragedies
"Gozo: Is the Grass Greener?" is the story of the bestselling author, Freya Barrington, and her husband, Steve, when they moved from the UK to live on the small, Mediterranean island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago.
Written from life experience and ringing with authenticity, Known to Social Services follows Diane Foster, a dedicated social worker, into the grim, grey world of the Deacon Hill estate in Millbrook and the tormented lives of its inhabitants.