2019 Shortlist

Amanda Knowles MBE

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  • written by NDA



Amanda was just 18 years old when she became a housemother in a local authority children’s home. She has been working with care experienced children for 43 years as a caregiver in various settings including children’s residential care, fostering, social work and supported accommodation for care leavers. She is a firm believer in the therapeutic approach to care and education and has developed a simple working definition to help other care givers understand what this means in practice. In 2017 supported by The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities and The Care Leavers Foundation, Amanda organised the first Your Life Your Story Event to amplify the voices of care experienced adults and caregivers through story telling. Whether writing for cathartic reasons, for the record or to become published, Your Life Your Story offers a living learning experience that unleashes the power of relationships and the untold story.

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