Lucy Faithfull

Lucy Faithfull portrait

Judith’s book, Lucy Faithfull: Mother to Hundreds, is hot off the press. It is ‘a compelling account of a remarkable woman’, in the words of Olive Stevenson.

A life-long and passionate campaigner for children, Baroness Lucy Faithfull (1910-1996) was one of the most eminent social workers of the twentieth century. She was the first social worker to be given a life peerage, and, although she sat on the Tory benches in the Thatcher era, she opposed, and persuaded others to oppose, so many of the measures which that Party supported in relation to the welfare of children that the Tory whips gave her the nick-name of ‘Lady Faithless’.

She worked all through the Second World War to support evacuees and their foster carers. She never married or had children of her own, but as Children’s Officer for Oxford City she made a difference, directly or indirectly, to the lives of very many children and families.

Lucy was one of the first to realise that, in order to re-unite families where sexual abuse had taken place and to protect children from further abuse, effective treatment of the abusers was necessary. She helped to found, and gave her name to, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which pioneered intensive therapeutic rehabilitation for sex offenders. It is now acknowledged as a leading criminal justice charity.

Lucy Faithfull is an inspiration to social workers everywhere, and this account of her life is a history of childcare during the twentieth century.

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Reviews of Lucy Faithfull: Mother to Hundreds

‘This book is a fascinating account of the evolution of children’s social work and an illuminating case study of an effective professional life. It provides a telling commentary on current debates for all involved in social work.’
David N Jones, Professional Social Work

‘Fascinating, compelling and readable biography...The descriptions of incidents in Lucy’s life convey her humility, her charm and her persistence. Her character is drawn with humour...The book is a very useful contribution to the history of the development of social work, especially in children's services.’
Christine Hayes, The Friend

‘Judith Niechcial’s book is well researched. She has read through mounds of papers and interviewed many people who knew Lucy, organising the material to reflect both the phases of Lucy’s career and the development of the services to which she contributed.’
David Lane, Children Webmag