The Good, the Bad and the Inevitable

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Random House Australia, 2003 - Family courts - 241 pages
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"A compelling, inspiring and moving collection of Barbara Holborow's stories of hope, loss and apathy from behind the Bench as Children's Magistrate. In this inspiring, moving and often funny collection of stories, bestselling author Barbara Holborow tells of The Good, the Bad and The Inevitable outcomes for so many of the kids she saw standing in front of her as Children's Magistrate. There are stories of the kids who, like broken glass jars, can never be mended due to the awful beginnings they have suffered. There are stories of the kids and their parents who are willing to make changes and turn their lives around with lots of hard work. There are stories of kids and parents who just don't care and who don't change. And there are also stories of the wonderful, inspiring kids and their carers (from parents, grannies and grandpas, foster parents and adoptive parents) who will do anything within their power to keep families together, to keep families loving and safe and who instill that important sense of hope for the future. Barbara's motto is that everyone in a community has responsibility for every child. To illustrate this, throughout the book, interspersed between t

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This was a well-written and easy to read collection of stories from Ms Holborrow's experiences on the Bench in the Children's Court. Some of the stories were very sad to read. Others were ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Barbara Holborow started her career as a legal stenographer. She later studied law at Sydney University and began to practise as a solicitor in the inner city suburb of Glebe. She specialised in the representation of children and was appointed to the Children's Bench. Since her resignation from the Bench in 1994, Barbara increased her profile as a media commentator on all aspects of children's justice. She featured on the current affairs program 60 Minutes, had a regular column in That's Life! magazine, and was in constant demand for her wise, incisive and compassionate views on issues of children's rights. She died in May 2012.

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